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    Warren Beatty’s Russian Revolution

    By kyle | October 30, 2017

    A look back at one of the best films of the 1980s, “Reds,” and how despite its impeccable left-wing pedigree it serves as a warning about the folly of utopian thinking.

    Topics: Movies | 3 Comments »

    3 Responses to “Warren Beatty’s Russian Revolution”

    1. K Says:
      October 30th, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      Reagan gave the movie his recommendation, so I’m sure he saw the same message. Given Beatty’s political views, however, I think the movie was more a message to present day radicals to work within the system. Hence the leftist occupation of Hollywood, the academy and the media.

    2. Don Reed Says:
      October 31st, 2017 at 4:49 am

      The film was practically ruined by the failure to identify (with unobtrusive captions) the various people in the film who had witnessed the events (if the people in the film were actors portraying the witnesses, they still needed to be ID’d using the witnesses names).

      In the “Other Brilliant Decisions” department is the excellent anthology of Mark Steyn columns —

      85 of them, originally published between 1995-2014. And the publisher decided to present them all out of chronological order, grouped by inane “theme” titles.

    3. Obama bin Biden Says:
      November 1st, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      Beatty actually liked Reagan very much but obviously disagreed with him politically. Beatty is the last of the Hollywood stars and communists, that is/was a very talented film maker and actor, and likeable at the same time. Reagan was quoted as saying to Beatty that he wished Reds would have had a happier ending.