Spy Culture Documents

Files and documents on military, intelligence and other government involvement in and support to the entertainment industry.

How the FBI Rewrote Weather Underground Movie The Company You Keep

How the FBI Rewrote Weather Underground Movie The Company You Keep

The Weather Underground were the most successful Leftist militant group in history, a radical offshoot of the SDS and the anti-Vietnam War movement.  As a result, Hollywood has almost no interest in telling stories about them and the only recent film on the Weathermen was Robert Redford's low budget thriller ...
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How the FBI rewrote Alfred Hitchcock Presents

How the FBI rewrote Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Alfred Hitchcock virtually invented the spy movie genre, and made a career making films about murder, intrigue, cover-ups, suspense and spies.  He suspected that he was under FBI surveillance during the production of Notorious, but the release file only covers a later period.  Rather than being concerned with Hitchcock himself, ...
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US Navy teaches politics to officers using The American President

US Navy teaches politics to officers using The American President

A recently-released syllabus for the US Naval Academy's course FP130: American Government and Constitutional Development includes a section that advises students to watch and learn from the 1995 romantic comedy The American President.  Bizarrely, the scene does not involve the military or foreign or security policy in any way, but ...
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Cover Up: After More than 2 Years, the US Navy Releases an Entirely Redacted Set of Movie Script Notes

Cover Up: After More than 2 Years, the US Navy Releases an Entirely Redacted Set of Movie Script Notes

In March 2016 I submitted a request to the US Navy for copies of entertainment liaison office reports, script notes and production assistance agreements.  Over a hundred emails and three appeals later they have finally released some script notes to me, but the document is almost entirely redacted. Sometimes people ...
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When Thatcher Banned Celebrities from a Number 10 Party

When Thatcher Banned Celebrities from a Number 10 Party

Recently released files show that Denis Thatcher - the oil baron husband of British PM Margaret Thatcher - personally vetted a list of celebrities to be invited for a glitzy reception at Number 10.  While the likes of Ronnie Corbett, Judi Dench and Andrew Lloyd-Webber were considered friends of the ...
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Deconstructing Julia Kristeva and the Communist Spy Allegations

Deconstructing Julia Kristeva and the Communist Spy Allegations

Julia Kristeva is one of the 20th century's most famous female intellectuals who has won numerous gongs and awards for her contributions to linguistics, philosophy, psychoanalytics and semiotics.  She was part of the top-level French philosophical clique that included Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida.  She was also, it is alleged, ...
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