18 January 2013 4:08 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Simon Jenkins is right to raise the question of the responsibility film-makers have to the truth (How many 'true story' films should be classified L for lie?, 18 January). Of course Hollywood is primarily a "fantasy factory", but when you make films about real-life events, that also purport to be the truth, then the onus of responsibility lies heavily upon you. Hollywood has always been, in essence, a propaganda machine for the political and ruling elite, even though there are the well-known exceptions. It places the Us centre stage and promotes the American way of life. The Us won the second world war virtually single handedly, it liberated the Jews from the Nazis and is defeating Islamic terrorism in the same manner.

Kathryn Bigelow, Tom Hanks et al are only able to make films involving the Us military with full co-operation from the Pentagon if they present a white-washed image. They are Hollywood's "embedded" directors. »

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