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PostSubject: The Rat Race move (1960)   Sun 16 Jun 2013, 1:44 am

So, as readers of this forum may have already figured out, I like to watch movies.  Recently I've taken to watching old classics (again) in an effort to get away from the obvious propaganda of recent hollywood productions. To this end, I've been watching singing and dancing movies with actors such as Debbie Reynolds, Fred Astair, Gene Kelly, etc.

So, I watch the movie Rat Race with Debbie Reynolds and Tony Curtis

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054230/

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0085OKNSC

The story revolves around Tony Curtis' move, from Milwaulkee, to NYC in order to make it big as a Saxaphone player.  Of course, Curtis is depicted as totally naive, running up against the sharkiest of sharks who seem to infest every corner of the streets of New York.

Bottom line, the message to 1960 audiences was if you don't become ponerized, you'll get stepped on by everyone around.  Drop the humanity folks, otherwise live in the gutter.

It's hard not to watch this movie in context of what was going on in the day, where John Nash's game theory was filling the halls of RAND Corporation and deployed on to the public in various ways.  In order for this screwball theory to succeed, people would need to be, or become, utterly and totally selfish and self absorbed, acting exclusively in their own best interests, dropping all "shortcomings" of humanity and decency.

So, my takeaway from watching the movie is that the propaganda machine was advanced and in full effect in the early 60's, eventhough I hadn't noticed it before when I originally saw some of these early movies.


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