Monday, December 20, 2004

Rant of the Day

I started out writing a rant about the apparent unfairness of comparing Michael Moore to the late Leni Riefenstahl, it went like this:

The millionaire Marxist propagandist Michael Moore is constantly being compared to or even called the successor to Leni Riefenstahl. I believe that these labels are grossly unfair to the late Frau Riefenstahl.

Comrade Moore has, over the course of career, emitted a pottage of distortions and outright lies whereas Frau Riefenstahl in her most infamous film, Triumph of the Will, provides an accurate view of what was at the time the embodiment of the socialist ideal, the mass of uniform drones robotically marching in blind obedience to a single will as embodied in the leader. As one of the unacknowledged predecessors of the Fuherer, Woodrow Wilson, put it: "Conformity will be the only virtue and any man who refuses to conform will have to pay the penalty."

It was in that film that Frau Liefenstahl gave us four hours, FOUR F***ING HOURS, of a boring but accurate display of souless conformity. That damned thing literally put me to sleep.

Needless to say after the fall of the NSDAP from power the present day left found it necessary to tone down the external indicators of ideological conformity. Even though the massive formations of well-bathed and smartly uniformed drones have been replaced by an undisciplined mob of hygenically-challenged and ragged savages, the ultimate goal remains the same, the destruction of a free civilization and erection of a collectivist hive state subject to a single will.

It was at this point that I realized that if I saw the issue in terms of their ultimate goal, the destruction of civilization, that I was in error in standing up for Frau Liefenstahl.

In the immortal words of Emily Littella: Never mind.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree, it is in some ways unfair to compare Michael Moore to Leni Reifenstahl (though I've been known to do so!). For all her flaws and the evil purpose to which her work was put, we do have to admit that she was much more talented than Michael Moore could ever hope to be. To denigrate the *objective* quality of her work (nothing said about the *subjective*) by comparing it to Michael Moore's pathetic attempts is a crime against cinematography!