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New "Animal Farm" Targets Capitalism
Frontpagemag ^ | 27 December 2013 | Mark Tapson

Posted on 12/28/2013 12:45:25 PM PST by VR-21

Actor Andy Serkis is set to direct an upcoming movie adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel Animal Farm. But there will be a slight deviation from the story’s original focus: rather than serve as a cautionary tale about Communist totalitarianism, this updated version will address Hollywood’s predictable, go-to embodiment of evil, the Darth Vader of our time: corporate greed.

Orwell’s brilliant allegory Animal Farm was written during World War II as a satire on Soviet Communism (and very nearly wasn’t published, critical as it was of our Russian ally). It has since been adapted to film twice, a British animated version in the mid-1950s, in which the ending was altered to be more upbeat for its young audience, and a “live-action” take in 1999 featuring talking animals with the voices of an all-star cast including Kelsey Grammer, Ian Holm, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Patrick Stewart.

Serkis, known primarily for his role as Golem in the epic Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, and as the ape Caesar in the Planet of the Apes reboots, announced that his version would address the political aspects of the novella, but not as overtly as the previous films: “First and foremost, we are not making a film about Communism and Stalinism because if Orwell was writing the story today, he would be talking about other relevant topics like globalization and corporate greed,” he explained.

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1 posted on 12/28/2013 12:45:25 PM PST by VR-21
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To: VR-21

Orwellian Orwellianism. What will the Hollywood leftist scum think of next?


2 posted on 12/28/2013 12:47:28 PM PST by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: VR-21
“First and foremost, we are not making a film about Communism and Stalinism because if Orwell was writing the story today, he would be talking about other relevant topics like globalization and corporate greed,” he explained.

"Serkis" means "clueless a**hat" in what language again?
3 posted on 12/28/2013 12:49:25 PM PST by tanknetter (L)
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To: VR-21; Revolting cat!; GeronL

Stalinists have used 1984, Animal Farm, and Fahrenheit 451 as texts for attacking the Western establishment. This comes as no surprise.


4 posted on 12/28/2013 12:49:39 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: VR-21
Evil corporations don't live in a vacuum. They are all members of the crony-fascist big-government/big-corporate criminal complex.

Government is the greediest, most corrupt and murderous force on earth. Corporation only exist at the pleasure and service of government.

5 posted on 12/28/2013 12:51:10 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the greediest, most corrupt, incompetent and murderous force on earth.)
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To: VR-21
Recent editions of Animal Farm and 1984 have cover art by proud Communist "revolutionary" Shepard Fairey (the street punk behind the illegally posted HOPE and CHANGE Obama posters).


6 posted on 12/28/2013 12:51:30 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: VR-21

Doublethink in action.


7 posted on 12/28/2013 12:53:12 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Maceman
I was thinking along the same lines Maceman. It seems that Orwell wrote another novel...1984 that dealt with people like Serkis. Interestingly this post is right on the heels of another post about leftist revisionism, propaganda and their relentless efforts to destroy the bedrock culture of our country.
8 posted on 12/28/2013 12:53:54 PM PST by VR-21 (Next Stop, Willoughby.)
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To: VR-21
First and foremost, we are not making a film about Communism and Stalinism because if Orwell was writing the story today, he would be talking about other relevant topics like globalization and corporate greed,” he explained.

Commuism and Stalinism are at play as much today.

Look at the Reds infested in government. Look at how they lie without morals about any damn thing. They have the spirit of Stalinists.

Just because we aren't in the gulags yet doesn't mean that proud terrorists like Bill Ayers wouldn't still like to see the Weather Underground's projected "25 million" killed (those who resist political re-education).

9 posted on 12/28/2013 12:55:03 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: VR-21
Serkis says it was his days in the SWP, and his subsequent rejection of the party line, that made him the actor he is today. As a young socialist he was angry about so much: Thatcher, unemployment, racism, you name it. Actually, his anger went back further. As a little boy he was so angry, throwing such tantrums, that his three older sisters had to hold him down while he kicked, punched and raged. Andy Serkis: From Gollum to Ian Dury
10 posted on 12/28/2013 12:55:09 PM PST by x
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To: VR-21

Well of course. Why am I not surprised?


11 posted on 12/28/2013 12:55:34 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: VR-21

“First and foremost, we are not making a film about Communism and Stalinism because if Orwell was writing the story today, he would be talking about other relevant topics like globalization and corporate greed,” he explained.

RESPONSE to above:

Seems to me the Pigs in Animal Farm were always changing the posted rules or preaching revisionist histories, too.....

(


12 posted on 12/28/2013 12:57:51 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: VR-21

Considering the new author’s aversion to corporate greed, I assume the finished product will be uploaded to YouTube as a free offering.


13 posted on 12/28/2013 1:04:48 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: VR-21

“Golem” in Lord of the Rings ?? Already the “journalist” shows he’s a clown. . .it’s GOLLUM. . .


14 posted on 12/28/2013 1:06:13 PM PST by Salgak (http://catalogoftehburningstoopid.blogspot.com 100% all-natural snark !)
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To: VR-21

Any conservative film maker could easily drive this dreck into laughable oblivion.


15 posted on 12/28/2013 1:07:41 PM PST by 98ZJ USMC
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To: Sgt_Schultze

Double plus good post. And Sirkis will be working for free.


16 posted on 12/28/2013 1:09:18 PM PST by Organic Panic
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To: VR-21
Serkis has got to be kidding. I believe most scholars agree that Orwell's Animal Farm was a parable against the excesses of Communism.
17 posted on 12/28/2013 1:09:26 PM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: VR-21

bookmark


18 posted on 12/28/2013 1:10:40 PM PST by DFG ("Dumb, Dependent, and Democrat is no way to go through life" - Louie Gohmert (R-TX))
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To: VR-21

I think it is fair to do a 1984 type movie on capitalism.

Corporatism like Big government is godless, souless, inhuman, unthinking in pursuit of its goals.

Corporatism wants to command and control but at least it will achieve material wealth even if peoples’s soul’s and spirituality are left wanting.

Big government is after the same thing, command and control, but not only leave’s man’s spiritual side wanting, it also leaves man’s material side wanting as well.

I think Capitalism run amok can be criticized on this level.


19 posted on 12/28/2013 1:14:02 PM PST by staytrue
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To: Slings and Arrows
Doublethink in action.

And do you believe the practicioners in this case even realize what they're doing?

Somehow, I doubt Serkis even understands his role -- useful idiot -- in all this.

Does he understand that he is, in fact, twisting Orwell into a knot in order to promote Communism and Stalinism?

Does he even know what these things are...???

20 posted on 12/28/2013 1:16:48 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: VR-21

“We’ll tell you what it’s about, komrad...”


21 posted on 12/28/2013 1:19:53 PM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: staytrue
I agree with you. Corporate greed is out of control. It's an appropriate target. So is federal and global government.

None of them want anything but the destruction of freedom, of constitutional and consevativ values. I wonder how long it will be before critical movies won't be allowed.

22 posted on 12/28/2013 1:21:33 PM PST by grania
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To: VR-21

“First and foremost, we are not making a film about Communism and Stalinism because if Orwell was writing the story today, he would be talking about other relevant topics like globalization and corporate greed,” [Serkis] explained.

Serkis was one of the ones that Orwell warned us about.


23 posted on 12/28/2013 1:22:22 PM PST by FLAMING DEATH (I'm not racist - I hate Biden too!)
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To: okie01
And do you believe the practicioners in this case even realize what they're doing?

Not if they're doing it correctly.

Winston sank his arms to his sides and slowly refilled his lungs with air. His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again: and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself. That was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved the use of doublethink.

24 posted on 12/28/2013 1:26:16 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: VR-21

Hollywood will become irrelevant in the not too distant future, for a variety of reasons.


25 posted on 12/28/2013 1:28:54 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: a fool in paradise

bump


26 posted on 12/28/2013 1:29:35 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Salgak

Might as well trash two British authors at one time...


27 posted on 12/28/2013 1:31:56 PM PST by EEGator
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To: VR-21
because if Orwell was writing the story today, he would be talking about other relevant topics like globalization and corporate greed,” he explained.

We will tell you what Orwell would have thought!

sincerely,

Hollywood

28 posted on 12/28/2013 1:33:13 PM PST by SIDENET
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To: Salgak

“Golem” in Lord of the Rings ?? Already the “journalist” shows he’s a clown. . .it’s GOLLUM. . .”

That’s precious


29 posted on 12/28/2013 1:33:32 PM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: VR-21

It amazes me that these people will never see government greed and manipulation.


30 posted on 12/28/2013 1:35:06 PM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Salgak

“Golem” in Lord of the Rings ?? Already the “journalist” shows he’s a clown. . .it’s GOLLUM. . .

Uuuuuh Let’s see...this bird treats us to his opinion ....’which are like a-holes, Gully boy, everybody ‘s got one ...some have ‘em on both ends....bwahahah’


31 posted on 12/28/2013 1:35:36 PM PST by jimsin
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To: VR-21

“if Orwell was writing the story today, he would be talking about other relevant topics like globalization and corporate greed,”

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/crap.wav


32 posted on 12/28/2013 1:39:51 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: staytrue

The reason capitalism is “running amok” as you say is that govt is controlling it more and more.

It is not capitalism that is the problem...it is big govt. We need more not less capitalism.


33 posted on 12/28/2013 1:50:11 PM PST by what's up
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To: VR-21
“First and foremost, we are not making a film about Communism and Stalinism because if Orwell was writing the story today, he would be talking about other relevant topics like globalization and corporate greed,” he explained.

Hey a$$hole... you and the movie studio planning on giving the few dollars you make on this obamanation to the masses?

34 posted on 12/28/2013 1:58:16 PM PST by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: staytrue; grania

I don’t consider ‘corporatism’ and capitalism to be the same thing, and there’s certainly no dearth of films in existence or in the making which are critical of both for that matter. I guess my objection to this is the revision of a work that was intended specifically to be critical of Soviet style totalitarianism. I haven’t seen the new film of course nor would I, but I have little doubt that it’s intent is to distort Orwells message. Frankly, like a few other commenters have pointed out, what Serkis is attempting to do is somewhat Orwellian itself.


35 posted on 12/28/2013 2:15:02 PM PST by VR-21 (Next Stop, Willoughby.)
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To: VR-21

The fact is they should not call it “Animal Farm” because it will have nothing to do with the original work. Saying its the story he “would have” done now is ludicrous to the extreme.


36 posted on 12/28/2013 2:16:01 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: VR-21

I agree with you that I wouldn’t want the message of ANIMAL FARM distorted. My objection was to people complaining about a movie they probably didn’t see. Scorese’s movie is over-the-top, of course, but so is the greed and sleaze which he is portraying.


37 posted on 12/28/2013 2:18:30 PM PST by grania
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To: GeronL

I agree with you GeronL, though I would use the word ‘sinister’ instead of ‘ludicrous.’


38 posted on 12/28/2013 2:19:47 PM PST by VR-21 (Next Stop, Willoughby.)
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To: grania

I understand your point Grania, and I’m assuming that you’re referring to the Wolf of Wall St. film. Few would argue that greed and sleeze are things to be disdained, but I for one would like to see more material about the sleaze and greed of the modern American political class (to include media and academia) and the present cultural elite (like Hollywood). That might balance things out a bit, and perhaps conservatives would then not be so suspicious of the motives behind everything that comes out of Hollywood. Happy New Year to you and yours.


39 posted on 12/28/2013 2:30:33 PM PST by VR-21 (Next Stop, Willoughby.)
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To: VR-21

Michael Moore would be perfect for the part if the pig. Storyline is that the pig made a personal fortune making movies demonizing capitalism, and sold a crock of socialism sh*t to the stupid jackasses that pay to see this pile coming to a theater near you!!!


40 posted on 12/28/2013 2:38:46 PM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: Slings and Arrows
Well done.

But, somehow, I doubt Serkis has Winston's grasp of the dialectic...

41 posted on 12/28/2013 4:46:32 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: staytrue

Who raised you, hippies? No corporation can lawfully make you patronize them. They can’t force you patronize, they can’t levy taxes or fines against you or deprive you of you liberty. A government can do all that.


42 posted on 12/28/2013 5:27:26 PM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Good post. The evil corporations guys look at the symptom, not the cause. Without an overweening government to make them huge and suppress competition, without an overweening government to provide guns and police support, without an overweening government to bail them out when they are going broke, they are just another corporation. If the government doesn’t have the power to make it worth buying them off, they don’t get bought off.


43 posted on 12/28/2013 5:31:41 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: staytrue

“Capitalism run amok can be criticized on this level.”

Capitalism has a hard time running amok without active participation from a government.


44 posted on 12/28/2013 5:33:25 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: VR-21

So Sméagol/Gollum supports Marxist-Leninism by rewriting one of its most devastating critiques.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIvQXiMVf-Q&t=0m15s


45 posted on 12/28/2013 6:13:09 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Last Obamacare Promise: "If You Like Your Eternal Soul, You Can Keep It.")
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To: VR-21

Yeah, let’s how those greedy Hollywood capitalists! Nobody go to their movies!! Nobody buy their DVDs or watch on Netflix. Crush the Hollywood capitalists!


46 posted on 12/28/2013 6:15:25 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: Slings and Arrows
Doublethink is Doubletalk told to yourself. .self delusion meets deliberate ignorance.. Its MSNBC ...
47 posted on 12/28/2013 8:35:58 PM PST by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: VR-21
Huh. So let me get this straight: a guy whose career depended on a series of movies that has grossed 4 BILLION dollars worldwide (SOURCE) is concerned about corporate capitalism run amok? And this particular effort is funded by whom? And the profits will go where?

Anyone who wishes to know what Animal Farm is about need only read it. There isn't anything ambiguous about it. And unless Serkis is channeling Orwell through a Ouija board he probably isn't the most reliable source on what Orwell would have written, especially in the face of what he did write. Idiot.

48 posted on 12/28/2013 8:50:57 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: tophat9000

Good example.


49 posted on 12/28/2013 9:41:29 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Billthedrill

“Anyone who wishes to know what Animal Farm is about need only read it. There isn’t anything ambiguous about it.”

Absolutely; it is written so a child could understand it.

One of the influences that is downplayed in Orwell’s writing is his personal experience in the Spanish Civil War. He supported the leftist government by joining the anarchists, and a year later watched them get murdered by their communist brothers in arms in the “civil war within a civil war”. He described the unreal propaganda of the left (describing victories where there hadn’t even been battles, and burying/omitting defeats that boded ill for the future of the left), and he quickly realized that they had no moral high ground in comparison to the military coup.


50 posted on 12/29/2013 5:57:57 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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