Ingrid Bergman as the saintly Sister Mary Benedict, The Bells of St. Mary’s, 1945.
So powerful are Hollywood movies as propaganda that America has never achieved victory in war without Hollywood’s support.
When Hollywood turns against America at war, defeat is assured. Witness Vietnam, the first casualty of Hollywood’s ideological wrath. The Jane Fonda, Jon Voight vehicle “Coming Home” (1978) was a turning point in Hollywood’s leftward tilt. This film convinced large segments of the American public that Vietnam was a war whose moral foundation—the fight against Communist dictatorship—was replaced by a grotesque narrative of veterans broken in body and spirit, who were, ultimately, victims of American imperialism.
Hollywood’s propaganda machine reaches beyond the content of movies into the very lives of movie stars. Certain roles register powerfully with the public in a manner impossible to predict. These performances end up defining an actor in a manner that resonates so profoundly with audiences that any deviation from that persona can thoroughly shatter an image—and a career.
Perhaps the most fascinating example is the career of Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982).
Posted in Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Ingrid Bergman, Movies
Tagged Anti-American Hollywood, Ingrid Bergman, Joan of Arc, Open City, Paisa, Petter Lindstrom, Pia Lindstrom, Roberto Rossellini, Sidney Lumet, The Bells of Saint Mary
Ava Gardner, The Killers, 1946, the film that made her a star.
The love affair–and I’m using that term loosely–between Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra was doomed from the start. Both stars were emotionally immature with little impulse control. Both were alcoholics, and both had a history of affairs with equally unstable partners.
And so The Voice and The Shape plunged into a tsunami of a relationship and a six-year marriage (1951 – 1957) punctuated by unbridled passion, threats of suicide, and metronomic doses of violence.
In Autumn of 1949 Gardner and Sinatra, not yet lovers, were both guests at the Palm Springs home of producer Darryl F. Zanuck. The liquor flowed, and the two stars locked in on each other like missiles.
This is not my friend Curt Biren author of the excellent article about the real meaning of Tikkun Olam. . But I could not resist using this picture by the great photographer Roman Vishniac of A Jewish Elder of the Village, Vysni Apsa, Carpathian Ruthenia, Ukraine c.1935
Here at Seraphic Secret we pay particular attention to the use and abuse of language by the left. The left has always lied and twisted reality to conform to its utopian ideology. But Barack Obama and the leftist media have ushered in a new Orwellian age where their morally depraved rhetoric has gone mainstream. George Orwell understood that those who control language control thought. Thus the American left have staged a quiet coup of public grade schools, most colleges and universities. American children rarely learn. They are now indoctrinated in leftism.
Jewish leftists have long tried to use Jewish texts to support their ideology. It’s a heavy push because Torah Judaism is inherently Conservative. Which is why over 80% of Torah Jews are Conservative Republicans.
Most abused by the Jewish left is the concept of Tikkun Olam. The literal translation is Repairing (or Perfecting) the World. Not surprisingly, leftist/secular Jews claim this concept as part of the social justice movement. But in Torah Judaism there is no such thing as social justice. There is only justice. Social justice is, let’s be clear, code for Marxism.
Posted in Daf Yomi, Jewish Hollywood, Judaism, Talmud, Tikkun Olam, Torah
Tagged Abuse of Language, Curt Biren, Daf Yomi, George Orwell, Judaism, Marxism, The Jewish Left, Tikkun Olam
Roman Vishniac Vishniac’s Daughter Mara in Front of an Election Poster for Hindenburg and Hitler, Wilmersdorf, Berlin, 1933.
I recently came across this photo. Let’s translate the poster behind Mara Vishniac, a young Jewish girl and the photographer’s daughter:
“The Marshal and the Corporal: Fight with Us for Peace and Equal Rights.”
Caskets floating down the road in Louisiana.
Remember the outrage directed at President Bush in 2005 when the flood waters rose in Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina?
Right now, twelve people have died, and over 20,000 citizens have been evacuated from Louisiana. Residents have been warned of disease and snakes. It is a catastrophe.
Besides being a Jew-hating mob, BLM is, at the core, a leftist fascist organization that is generously funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.
BLM have published their platform, and if you give it even a cursory read you will immediately recognize it as a Marxist-Leninist tract, which is to say, a call for fascism.
Posted in America, Big Government, Black Lives Matter, Democrats, Jew-haters, Jew-hatred
Tagged Abigail Adams, Barack Obama, Big Government, Democrat Party, Education, Hillary Clinton, Liberal Fascism
Brie Larson as Ma and Jacob Tremblay as Jack in “Room.”
One of the most durable movie genres is the coming of age narrative. With roots in the 18th century literary novel, tales about young people who mature through ordinary and extraordinary circumstances have an irresistible appeal that is universal. Here are three films that are currently streaming on either Netflix or Amazon Prime. Each in their own way deal with the furnace of life and love, and all are highly recommended.
Posted in Amazon Prime, Hollywood, Islam, Israel, Movies, Netflix
Tagged Alice Winocour, Amazon, Baba Joon, Brie Larson, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Güneş Şensoy, Jacob Tremblay, Lenny Abrahamson, Mustang, Netflix, Room, Yuval Delshad
Ibtihaj Muhammed, an IslamoNazi, is a member of the American Olympic fencing team. Of course, the left wing media think she’s absolutely fab-u-lous because the bag she wears on her head is just so gosh darned authentically multi-cult.
I wonder if a female Hasidic Olympian would garner the same enthusiasm from the media.
That was a rhetorical question.
The left wing media, which is to say the Democrat party, are now shameless enablers of IslamoNazi Jew-hatred. If you want to see what happens when the left cozies up to Muslims who are waging civilizational Jihad, just take a look at France, Germany, and Belgium. England still has a chance to remain a civilized Western nation—the Brexit vote was a step in the right direction. But make no mistake about it, France, Germany and Belgium have been fatally compromised by an aggressive, supremacist Islam.
The Arab rescuer’s face has been blurred to protect his identity and his life.
So-called Palestinian society is incurably pathological.
The unidentified Arab and his wife gave aid to Jewish victims of terror. For this selfless act he has been fired from his job by his Arab bretheren and, no doubt, he and his family are now in mortal from the IslamoNazis of the so-called Palestinian territories.
Rudolph Valentino at the height of his fame.
The great pioneering director D.W. Griffith hired Rabbi Isadore Myers as the Jewish technical consultant on his great epic, Intolerance, 1916. Griffith was so happy with Rabbi Myer’s expert advice and attention to detail that he said to the good Rabbi:
“How can I ever repay you?”
Replied Rabbi Myers: “I have a daughter who would like to get into pictures.”
Posted in Carmel Myers, Hidden Hollywood, History, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Judaism, Patsy Ruth Miller, Photography, Rudolph Valentino, Silent Movies
Tagged Ben Hur, Carmel Myers, Colleen Moore, D.W. Griffith, Dark Lover, Emily W. Leider, Intolerance, Iras, Mary Pickford, Patsy Ruth Miller, Rabbi Isadore Myers, The Shiek, Valentino
Jean Arthur without a gun.
I am republishing this true life story from 2007 for the same reason I republished Jew Without a Gun, my nightmarish report of being trapped with my family, unarmed and defenseless, in the 1992 L.A. Riots.
This is another cautionary tale—not about the riots—but about one frightened and helpless young woman who was being stalked by an ex-boyfriend. I met her in a gun shop where she, a fragile, naive pacifist reluctantly landed because there was nowhere else to turn. There was no choice for this young woman but seek to arm herself.
Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party have made it clear that they want to repeal the Second Amendment. They seek to disarm law-abiding American citizens, not, as they claim, to reduce crime, but in order to solidify their power.
Posted in Democrat Racists, Democrats, Gun Control, Hillary Clinton, Liberal Fascism, Obamacare, Second Amendment
Tagged Gun Control, Jean Arthur, Martin B. Retting Gun Shop, NRA, Obamacare, Second Amendment, Tuesday Weld
Deanna Durbin was Anne Frank’s favorite movie star.
There was a time when Hollywood stars gave hope to those victims who were trapped in the whirlwind of oppression, intolerance and genocide.
Such a star was the radiant Deanna Durbin, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 91.
Durbin (b. Edna Mae Durbin December 4, 1921 – c. April 20, 2013) was a Canadian child singer turned actress who starred in a series of hugely popular and successful light musical comedies from 1936 to 1948. Durbin, at the peak of her career, was the highest paid actress in Hollywood, getting $400,000 per film. Her movies rescued Universal, her financially strapped studio, from a looming bankruptcy.
Posted in Ann Frank, Deanna Durbin, Glamour, Hidden Hollywood, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Holocaust
Tagged Achterhuis, Ann Frank, Charles David, David Shipman, Fidel Castro, Greta Garbo, Hugo Chavez, Imperial Japan, Jeanine Basinger, Nazi Genocide, World War II
by Karen Singer Avrech, Ph.D
In Ameritopia, author Mark Levin points out that Leftist-Progressive ideology strives to create a utopian society. But utopia, Levin asserts, is incompatible with the ideals of individual liberty as formulated by the American Constitution.
The schism between the goal of achieving a so-called perfect society where everyone receives an equal share of wealth, and a society where success is based on free enterprise and individual initiative is delineated in the most fundamental roots of Judaism: The story of the Garden of Eden.
Posted in America, Bible, Big Government, Constitution, Judaism
Tagged Adam & Eve, Free Will, Garden of Eden, Good and Evil, Mark Levin, Moral Relativism, Rabbi David Fohrman, The Tree of Good and Evil, The Tree of Life, Torah
Democrat Congressman Hank Johnson is a standard leftist Jew-hater. What is the DNC going to do about his infamous statement comparing Jews to termites? Answer: Nothing. Because Johnson speaks for a major portion of the postmodern Democrat Party.
With the Democrat Party’s hard lurch to the left, led by Barack Obama and exemplified by his infamous capitulation to the IslamoNazis of Iran, comes, not surprisingly, a classic Jew-hatred that is usually given social and political legitimacy when it’s disguised as anti-Zionism.
Of course, if you oppose a National home for the Jewish people that makes you—surprise!—a Jew-hater.
The Democrat Party, the party of slavery, the party of the Ku Klux Klan, the party of Jim Crow, the party of Margaret Sanger’s eugenics, is now returning to it’s racist roots by giving power, authority and legitimacy to Jew-haters like Cornell West and James Zogby, both of whom are on the Democrat Party’s platform committee.
Posted in 2016 Election, BDS Movement, Democrat Racists, Democrats, PalNazis
Tagged Cynthia McKinney, Democrat Jew-Hatred, Democrat National Convention, Hank Johnson, Jew-hatred, Judea and Samaria, PalNazis
Max Aaronson, better known as Broncho Billy
In 1965, a frail old man in a wheelchair appeared in the no-budget western, The Bounty Killer. For those of us who love movies, especially westerns, this is a bittersweet moment. Because the man who invented the western movie hero makes his last appearance on the silver screen.
That man was Broncho Billy Anderson.
But Broncho Billy, the first cowboy hero of the motion pictures was a Jewish kid from Little Rock, Arkansas named Max Aaronson, (1880 – 1971).
Posted in Broncho Billy, Hidden Hollywood, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Jewish Hollywood, John Wayne, Movie Posters, Movies, Silent Movies
Tagged Charlie Chaplin, Essany, Francis X. Bushman, Marguerite Clayton, Max Aaronson, Mollie Louise Schabbleman, Westerns