[Marxism] Sexual Witch Hunts, Here and There » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jan 31 07:14:08 MST 2014

The Cinema of Mass Hysteria
Sexual Witch Hunts, Here and There

Made in 2012, “The Hunt” is Denmark’s entry for Best Foreign Language 
Film for the Academy Awards ceremony scheduled on March 2nd with all the 
usual red carpet, tuxedo and designer gown nonsense. Apart from 
“Philomena”, it puts all the other English language Best Film nominees 
to shame. Considering that film’s British provenance, one can state that 
American films continue their steep decline based on the evidence of 
this year’s nominees, topped off by the inclusion of Martin Scorsese’s 
woeful “The Wolf of Wall Street”.

Now available on Netflix streaming, “The Hunt” is the first narrative 
film to deal with the “repressed memories” sex abuse witch-hunts of the 
Reagan years that inspired some of Alexander Cockburn’s best reporting. 
It was not the first film, however, to tackle the topic. That 
distinction was earned by Andrew Jarecki, who made the documentary 
“Capturing the Friedmans” in 2003, a film that was marred by a certain 
degree of ambivalence by its director. In the years following its 
release, Jarecki stopped being a fence-sitter and became a passionate 
defender of Jesse Friedman, one of the film’s subjects whose attempts to 
clear his name are ongoing.

full: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/01/31/sexual-witch-hunts/

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