The top-billed film of this year's festival was "An American Carol," a slapstick spoof produced by David Zucker, the man behind "Airplane," the "Naked Gun" flicks, and a series of unaired Bush re-election commercials. "Carol" tells the story of "anti-American" documentarian, Michael Malone, who sets out to abolish the Fourth of July. Why? Because he hates America, we're told. To the delight of the audience, JFK, General Patton, and George Washington make appearances to slap the Michael Moore lookalike and teach him that America is the greatest country ever. By the end, the liberal fllmmaker realizes that being American means being prowar (any war), and that's okay.To prime the audience, before AFR screened "Carol,"the conservative crowd was treated to an extended trailer for Oliver Stone's scabrous Bush biopic, "W." Predictably, "An American Carol" received an extended ovation, and "W." was jeered. Of course, neither film will have an enduring effect on the culture. But each will gauge the relative boxoffice clout of conservatives and liberals as demographic groups. And the political Right is desperate to prove that it is not just a movement but an audience.At the same time, Hollywood liberals sometimes churn out products that conservatives love. Democratic donors Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks produced "Saving Private Ryan" and the "Band of Brothers" miniseries that National Review hailed as part "a new tradition of 'getting it right.'" Spielberg and Hanks, the conservative biweekly, claimed, were "excellent caretakers" of this tradition.
Film Rights Michael Brendan Dougherty American Conservative; Oct 20, 2008; 7, 20; Docstoc pg. 21 Reproduced with permission of t
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