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03/09/07 09:09 - 39ºF - ID#23282

300

I went to go see 300 today with some buddies from work. I liked the imagery a lot. The prince of persia was like a drag queen out of drag.

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What was the message? It seemed to be that if we want to defend democracy from the middle easterners and asians, we need to send more troops in to aid our warriors, which are superior and full of honor but outnumbered.

If we don't we are going to have to do this whole thing again in the near future with a larger force.

Maybe that wasn't really the message at all.

--I added this later --
Here was the NY Time's article about it about it.

Here is another article in slate saying that it would be even more amazing if it was unintended.

But what's maddening about 300 ... is that no one involved-not Miller, not Snyder, not one of the army of screenwriters, art directors, and tech wizards who mounted this empty, gorgeous spectacle-seems to have noticed that we're in the middle of an actual war. With actual Persians (or at least denizens of that vast swath of land once occupied by the Persian empire).



If 300, the new battle epic based on the graphic novel by Frank
Miller and Lynn Varley, had been made in Germany in the mid-1930s, it would be studied today alongside The Eternal Jew as a textbook example of how race-baiting fantasy and nationalist myth can serve as an incitement to total war.



Some other people have said that statement is so outrageous, but if you ever take the time to study propaganda in cinema, you will learn that it was often used to get people used to the ideas the government wanted to implement or to rally people into supporting the governments causes.
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