Posts Tagged ‘MPAA’

How and why the Pentagon established their control of movie scripts

How and why the Pentagon established their control of movie scripts

I recently acquired some decades-old Pentagon directives and instructions.  These documents formed the basis for DOD policy in their engagement with the entertainment industry, establishing a range of conflicting criteria for the military's liaisons with film and TV producers.  This provided them with a range of bases for altering scripts ...
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'We only show the CIA killing nasty agents' - Michael Winner

‘We only show the CIA killing nasty agents’ – Michael Winner

While I have written about 1973 thriller Scorpio before, documents made available on the CIA CREST database shed new light on this, the first movie to film at Langley.  The CIA were not just spying on media coverage of the film as it developed but also had assets within the ...
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'Well Dressed Negroes' and 'Dignified Natives' - How Luigi Luraschi Rewrote Movies for the CIA

‘Well Dressed Negroes’ and ‘Dignified Natives’ – How Luigi Luraschi Rewrote Movies for the CIA

In 1953, in the early weeks of the Eisenhower administration, the CIA conducted an operation to alter the content of Hollywood films to help promote positive images of America to foreign audiences.  A series of letters addressed to a CIA officer named 'Owen' were written by an executive at Paramount ...
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ClandesTime 100 - Sex, Violence and Censorship

ClandesTime 100 – Sex, Violence and Censorship

Why do we censor films?  Intuitively we all know the answer to this question - because there are some things we don't want to see on the screen.  In this episode we examine film censorship, focusing primarily on the treatment of cinematic violence by the MPAA and BBFC.  Using Walter ...
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What Connects Jack Valenti, E Howard Hunt and The Godfather?

What Connects Jack Valenti, E Howard Hunt and The Godfather?

On the face of it former CIA officer, Watergate burglar and confessed JFK assassin E Howard Hunt shouldn't have had much to do with former MPAA president Jack Valenti.  They both served in WW2 (Hunt in the OSS, Valenti in the Army Air Forces) and both died in 2007.  They ...
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ClandesTime 099 - Jack Valenti

ClandesTime 099 – Jack Valenti

Jack Valenti was a special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, a consultant to the State Department and the third head of the MPAA.  In this episode we look at his life, focusing in two key areas - the introduction of the film classification ratings system and Valenti's connections with the ...
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ClandesTime 098 - Eric Johnston

ClandesTime 098 – Eric Johnston

Eric Johnston was the second head of the MPAA, a high level political operative and a friend of CIA director Allen Dulles.  In this episode we take a look at his life and work, from his role instituting the Hollywood blacklist to his relationships with the FBI and CIA.  From ...
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CIA Invited to Special Screening of Goldfinger

CIA Invited to Special Screening of Goldfinger

In November 1959 CIA Director Allen Dulles sent a copy of the new Ian Fleming novel Goldfinger to Jackie Kennedy.  In October 1964 the CIA Deputy Director Marshall Carter was invited to a special screening of the new James Bond movie Goldfinger at the MPAA headquarters in Washington.  The film ...
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CIA and State Dept Documents on Jack Valenti

CIA and State Dept Documents on Jack Valenti

Recently released documents on former White House consultant and MPAA capo Jack Valenti strongly suggest that his appointment as president of the MPAA in some way involved the CIA.  The new documents on Valenti come from the CIA and the State Department.  Though they are tiny fragments in themselves the ...
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BBFC Report: Complaints about violence and torture in Spectre, Kingsman and Minions

BBFC Report: Complaints about violence and torture in Spectre, Kingsman and Minions

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) recently published its annual report, which details complaints against various movies including Spectre, Kingsman and Minions.  As is so often the case, sex and violence were the focus of the complaints, leading the BBFC to explain why they had allowed these scenes into ...
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