Posts Tagged ‘propaganda’

Alfred Hitchcock and the CIA's First Big Mistake in Hollywood

Alfred Hitchcock and the CIA’s First Big Mistake in Hollywood

Following their on-screen debut in the James Bond movies, and their quiet support for Thunderball, the CIA under Richards Helms adopted a more pro-active approach to Hollywood.  They began spying on movie scripts depicting the CIA and considering requests from film-makers for official support.  One project that they rejected was ...
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Top Gun - Tom and Pearse on Uncle the Podcast

Top Gun – Tom and Pearse on Uncle the Podcast

Aaron and Uncle invited both Pearse and myself onto Uncle the Podcast for this one-of-a-kind review of Top Gun, possibly the best piece of military propaganda ever made.  Despite being a promotion for the military, all four of us love the movie and we extol the virtues of the soundtrack, ...
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Subscriber Podcast #11 - Contagion and the CDC's PR Coup

Subscriber Podcast #11 – Contagion and the CDC’s PR Coup

The 2011 pandemic thriller Contagion was a massive PR boost for the CDC.  In this month's subscriber-only podcast I examine the film and nearly 1000 pages of documents from the CDC about their involvement in helping to make the film, what they thought of it, and the promotional events they ...
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Hollywood and Washington - Tom and Matt on Level Talk

Hollywood and Washington – Tom and Matt on Level Talk

John Harrison of Sputnik radio's Level Talk invited Matt and I on to talk about National Security Cinema and the relationship between Hollywood and Washington.  In this rapid-fire interview we touched on the history of this relationship, its impact on scripts, why writers and producers go along with the government's ...
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Is American Made CIA Propaganda?

Is American Made CIA Propaganda?

The new Tom Cruise film American Made bears all the hallmarks of being CIA-Hollywood propaganda.  This mini-documentary explores Cruise and director Doug Liman's connections with the CIA and how the marketing for the film suggests it'll be nothing more than a remake of Blow, but with Barry Seal's name in ...
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ClandesTime 120 - The Pentagon's Hostile Takeover of Hollywood

ClandesTime 120 – The Pentagon’s Hostile Takeover of Hollywood

In recent years the Pentagon have not only expanded their operations in the entertainment industry, they have aggressively and pro-actively tried to expand their influence on Hollywood. This week we take a look at how they are trying to cosy up to studio moguls, make friends and influence people, and ...
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ClandesTime 118 - Ali Mohamed and the Entertainment Liaison Offices

ClandesTime 118 – Ali Mohamed and the Entertainment Liaison Offices

What connects Al Qaeda to the Pentagon’s Entertainment Liaison Offices? Perhaps unsurprisingly, the answer is Ali Mohamed – the triple agent who was Al Qaeda’s main terrorist trainer. This week we look at two films and a documentary to illustrate these connections and examine how they were influenced by the ...
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National Security Cinema - The Source Documents

National Security Cinema – The Source Documents

After numerous requests I have uploaded (most of) the documents we used to write National Security Cinema in one handy zip file so that people don't have to search around all over this site to find them.  This pack of over 4000 pages includes office diary reports from the military ...
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Films Are Not Your Friends - A National Security Cinema Presentation (video)

Films Are Not Your Friends – A National Security Cinema Presentation (video)

A few weeks ago Matt and I were invited to Portsmouth University to give a presentation on our research and analysis for National Security Cinema.  We opted to do an interactive multi-media workshop that explains how the relationship between government and Hollywood works, and how this influences what we end ...
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National Security Cinema - Tom on Gorilla Radio

National Security Cinema – Tom on Gorilla Radio

Chris Cook had me as a guest on Gorilla Radio recently to talk about National Security Cinema, how modern military propaganda is different to that of the WW2 era, how widespread militarised pop culture has become, how the government rewrites and censors films, and why so few Hollywood movies contain ...
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