Sean Penn's Political Painting
May 25, 2004
L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
contributor to Newsmax.com
Sean Penn recently pirouetted across the Atlantic to attend the
Cannes Film Festival. He was there to promote "The Assassination
of Richard Nixon," a film based on a quirky but true tale
of a furniture salesman who had planned to kill the former president
by flying an aircraft into the White House.
Evidently, Penn is of the opinion that Hollywood isn't making
as many politically charged movies as it should be these days.
In his latest bit of dude musing, the actor said, "I don't
think there is any art that doesn't respond to the times and
I don't think there's enough political films here or anywhere."
Catching a philosophical wave in his head, he said, "The
politics, as we understand politics to be, are so present in
our lives right now that any painting that doesn't reflect it
in some ways is dismissible to me."
Penn must have mentally surfed into another galaxy. In addition
to Michael Moore's Palme d'Or award-winning "Fahrenheit
9/11," Tinseltown has the following politically laced flicks
in the hopper:
- "The Motorcycle Diaries," a piece produced by Robert
Redford, which is based on the journals of communist revolutionary
- "Heir to an Execution," a documentary about Ethel
and Julius Rosenberg, which is directed by their granddaughter
and "reflects on their lives, principles, and ultimate sacrifice";
- "September Tapes," a work that tells the story
of an American journalist who travels to Afghanistan one year
after 9/11 in order to learn the so-called truth about the search
for Osama bin Laden;
- "Neverland," a flick for the whole family to enjoy
about the rise and fall of the Symbionese Liberation Army;
- "Silver City," a movie that curiously features
a "grammatically challenged" born-again Christian politician
who is part of a Republican dynasty;
- "Farmingville," a tale about xenophobia in suburbia
where, as the Hollywood Reporter put it, the "undercurrent
of fear, hostility, and paranoia brewing in the country comes
home to roost";
- "Tour of Duty," a film that beats the hero worship
drum for John Kerry;
- "Super Size Me," a documentary that attempts to
pin America's obesity problem on McDonald's;
- "The Yes Men," an expose that spotlights greedy
corporate execs without mentioning greedy U.N. officials;
- "The Hunting of the President," a revisionist film
from Bubba's buddy Harry Thomason, which seemingly is meant to
inflate the Clinton legacy balloon;
- "Bush's Brain" a two-for-one skewering of Dubya
and campaign guru Karl Rove;
- "The Day After Tomorrow," a movie that shows global
warming destroying everything, while Bush administration look-alikes
ignore warn ings and let wholesale suffering take its course.
As you can see, Hollywood's really on agenda overdrive. Guess
that means Penn can finger paint to his heart's content.
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