Ralph Raico goes back and takes a fresh look at Hollywood’s productions before, during, and after World War II — the so-called “Good War.”
He makes a lot of good observations, which might have some relevance in the continuing Hollywood love of war pics — they are popular, after all, so they usually sell well. Raico observes their one-sidedness, their false “morality,” and their pleasure in mass murder of the “bad people,” and their ignoring of the effects of mass-destruction on the “good guys.”
And he mentions the Narrative. Referring to the popular early-60s movie, The Longest Day, he comments:
“But the worst demerit of the movie is that it continues and exemplifies what my friend and libertarian scholar, Joseph Stromberg, has called the seven centuries of Anglo-Saxon self-congratulation.”
Self-congratulation is alive and well in 2014 America, I think.