Cannes Film Festival; aka “Hate America Film Festival”
What sheer and utter hypocrisy. One would think that nothing evil ever went on in Europe. One would think that there was no dark or evil side to the lovely Europeans that like to frequent Cannes, France this time of year for than annual Cannes
Film Hate America Festival. One might even think that no European country ever took part in slavery, colonization, imperialism and racism was not in their vocabulary. Then along comes the movie “Manderlay” from The Cannes festival that is supposed to paint a dark side underside of the United States.
“Manderlay,” about a fictional Alabama plantation where people are living in 1933 as if slavery were never abolished, staggered festival-goers with a disturbing portrayal of America that fails, even today, to come to terms with its racist past.
“Manderlay,” which stars Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe and Bryce Dallas Howard in a bare theatrical setting, is only the latest film by von Trier to probe America’s darkest corners — all with anything but happy endings.
What part about FICTIONAL was missed by those at Reuters discussing this story? As for the deep dark side of America; exactly what country does not have one? I must have missed the lack of a skin head movement in Germany and throughout many European countries when I was last there. The anti-Semitic movement rampant through out Europe. Exactly which countries was it that imperialized and subjugated people over the centuries? Which continent was it that colonized Africa? How soon they have forgotton about this. Or is it convenience? There is a reason why it was called the rape of the Belgium Congo. I did not also realize that racism toward blacks was something inherent to America. Really? Then more anti-American films were presented at Cannes as well.
There are a number of other films that examine dark and depressing aspects of the United States and “American Dream” losers, filled with violence, drugs and alcohol abuse. They were made by directors from the United States, Canada and Europe. The films, screening at the world’s most important festival here, also feed off a lingering anti-American sentiment prevailing in Europe over the Iraq war. Michael Moore won the festival’s top award last year for his film “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
Because we all know there are no racism, drugs, violence or alcohol abuse in Europe.
None at all.
It is just a perfect Wonderland where all ills of society are absent.
Welcome to a place called “Perfect” otherwise known as Europe.
Maybe, just maybe the European’s should spend a little more time looking into the issues that trouble their own society rather than worrying about or finding fault with the United States?
In no uncertain terms, get a life.
Posted May 16, 2005 by Red
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No kidding. The truth is, they are just jealous. I say the next time France gets invaded and just rolls over for their invaders, we sit by and do nothing.
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Rubbish! Europe is perfectly entitled to tell America where it is going wrong – just as America is entitled to tell Europe where it is screwing up.
True, Europe carps too much. But so, frankly, do the Americans.
Perhaps we should all for once, Europeans and Americans at like, actually take a look at each others criticisms of our societies and see if there is a kernel of truth in them, instead of indulging in knee-jerk reactions.
By the way, you might want to take a look at this French film, also screening at Cannes. It doesn’t look like it takes a particularly rosy view of French life and society.
While I agree with Andy to a point, I would also say that until Europe has something to contribute militarily, economically, socially, or intellectually, they can still speak, but why waste our time listening? It is like a 4 year old being given an hour timeslot at a NASA conference…what’s the point?
Europe is an economic, social, and military lightweight compared to 80% of the world…when they have something to offer, come to the table, until then, they are the kid in the playground whining that no one wants to play with them.
Anyone has the right to voice or view their opinion; however, the definition of “rubbish” would be 90% of the films presented at the Cannes Film Festival.
Andy says …”Perhaps we should all for once, Europeans and Americans at like, actually take a look at each others criticisms of our societies and see if there is a kernel of truth in them, instead of indulging in knee-jerk reactions.”
No, perhaps Europe should take a look at their own problems and clean their own house first before they decide to pin everything on those “evil” Americans. Everything some how is America’s fault. We know what our past represents, does Europe? To constantly whine about some one else while they hide or deny their own shortcomings is pathetic.
Europe needs to take a good look in the mirror, or maybe they have and that’s the reason why they wish to deflect the blame elsewhere.
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Criticism is not an act of war nor would it be an act or treason if the filmaker were American. The subject of the United States is a hot and current one. If this were a broader film about the history of evil in mankind, I’m sure these other historical facts would be present. Why Americans (I am American) become so emotional and defensive when criticized I will never understand. If the filmaker was American I think people on this post would call him radical or make accusations of a liberal agenda. Is it not possible that this just another person with a differing opinion on how a better world would be acheived? Oh but it’s not about a better world is it? It’s about winning…I forgot.
europeans are just a bunch of whiners who like tea and crackers. stop hating america because your not as good as us. come to new york to my house and try whining all the time….p.s. you wont last very long.