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Articles from Vol. 268, No. 13, April 5

American Graffiti: Reflections on Race, Memory and Dreams
It's true-and a cliche-that Hollywood films hold up a mirror to American society. It's equally true-and equally a cliche-that Hollywood films fail to reflect American society. Movies are clear windowpanes and opaque blinds, looking glasses and veils;...
Carried Away
The Rage: Carrie 2 My friend Dennis Paoli says there are two kinds of horror movies, and since his screenwriting credits include Re-Animator, I treat his categories with respect. Either you organize a movie around nine decapitations, he says, spacing...
Catholic Hospitals and You
"Immaculate Contraception," Jennifer Baumgardner's January 25 cover story regarding Catholic hospitals and "reproductive health services," is clearly calculated to offend Catholic sensibilities, as is its illustration, the Madonna and Child. Baumgardner...
Celluloid Family Values: Are Studio Films Liberal or Conservative?
"This is the LAPD! We're the most hated cops in all the free world!" a black cop quips in Rush Hour. Where else but Hollywood, celluloid haven for limousine liberals, would a cop say this? Where else, too, would a fellow LAPDer crack anti-NRA jokes...
Fresh Eggs, Fried Baloney
Life is precious. Anyone who doubts it should consult the price index for that most literal of stock markets, the trade in human eggs. In an advertisement run in Ivy League student newspapers, an anonymous couple offered $50,000 for the egg of a tall-at...
Looking for Mr. Right: Who's Running the Conservative Club in Town?
"I am it." So says sixties-radical-turned-eighties-conservative David Horowitz, with a chuckle, when asked to describe conservative political activity in Hollywood. It's a boast and a lament. A decade ago, Horowitz took it upon himself to challenge...
MisE-En-Cents: In Today's Movies, Upscale Decor Trumps Plot
Michael Douglas's New York home in A Perfect Murder is a 10,000-square-foot compound, not counting the top floor, with marble everywhere. Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris split their time in Stepmom zipping in a Land Rover and BMW between a sleek, two-story...
On Movies, Money & Politics
Beatty, Baldwin, Glover, Robbins, Stone and Lear edited by Peter Biskind The Nation asked six politically active members of the entertainment community to comment on recent developments in the realms of politics and popular culture. Most of the...
Part of Our Time, Too
Given the late Dalton Trumbo's various claims to verbal fame-highest-paid screenwriter of his day, most vocal member of the Hollywood Ten, polemicist extraordinaire, winner under the pseudonym "Robert Rich" of the 1957 Academy Award for best screenplay...
Postcards from the Left under the Cloud of Clintonism
As the limos and their glitterati cargo pull up to the Oscars ceremony this year, they may have to share a bit of screen time with a band of angry picketers. At press time, plans to protest the granting of an honorary Academy Award to director Elia...
Primary Color: Green: Why the Studios Won't Make Political Movies
Lately, Hollywood has managed to make money on almost everything-dinosaurs, sperm hairstyling, the Holocaust, maritime disasters-except politics. The most recent examples are Warren Beatty's Bulworth and Mike Nichols's Primary Colors, both of which...
Racism or 'Guilt by Association'?
Let me see if I have Laura Flanders's position straight ["Affirmative Racism," March 8]: Because the Center for Individual Rights defended CUNY professor Michael Levin's First Amendment right to express controversial views about race, CIR is tainted...
Red Fox?: The Unlikely Union of Murdoch and Zinn
The contracts are signed, the treatment is being written and Fox Television plans to fast-track production on a ten- to twelve-hour miniseries based on lefty historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, scheduled to run early next...
Regrets Only
I do so love Bill's apologies. Almost every month brings a new expression of contrition to the lips of the Commander in Chief. At time of writing the latest lucky recipients are the people of Guatemala. They got their message of official regrets more...
Show Me the Money: In Search of Hits, the Industry May Go Broke
I ask Asner if he's not a bit concerned that taking on DreamWorks powerhouses Spielberg, Katzenberg and Geffen might not be the wisest career decision. Asner leans back in his chair, runs his beefy hands over his face and then back over his pate. "It's...
Shud He Have Been a Contendah?
The inevitable controversy-presenting name-naming film director Elia Kazan with a Lifetime Achievement Award-has unfolded like an accident waiting to happen, aggravating the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' already sordid history during...
The Devil Made Me Do It: Is Natural Born Killers the Ford Pinto of Movies?
Here's the scenario: Someone makes a movie or television show that depicts an especially gruesome and innovative act of violence. Shortly thereafter-sometimes within days-headlines announce that some deeply disturbed group of kids has mimicked the...
The Pursuit of Happiness: Making an Art of Marketing an Explosive Film
Pitching the film Happiness to potential financiers and distributors should have been an easy task. The film's writer and director, Todd Solondz, was something of a hot commodity after his previous feature, Welcome to the Dollhouse, won the Grand Jury...
Unpleasantville: 1998's Hot Indies Turn Hollywood Upside Down
Independent of what? That's the question that increasingly plagues those who set their annual clocks by the opening day of the Sundance Film Festival. While most of the world thinks of "independent cinema" (if the world thinks of it at all) as being...
What Hollywood Wants from Uncle Sam
When Jack Valenti hastened to offer Hollywood's apologies to Henry Hyde after Alec Baldwin dissed him on national TV for his impeachment performance, it was no surprise to Beltway insiders. The indefatigable Valenti is Hollywood's chief political fixer,...
WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE by PETER BISKIND
When those in my modest circle of acquaintances learned that I was editing a Hollywood issue of The Nation, they found it either risible or irritating. In both instances, the reaction was something like, Et tu, Victor? Joining the celebrity parade?...