THE NAZIS ARE COMING, THE NAZIS ARE COMING: Movie Reviews of Imperium, Anthropoid and The People v. Fritz Bauer by Howard Casner

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rev 1In the 1970’s Hollywood on, people were having trouble coming up with an acceptable background for villains. Critics and audiences were becoming more and more resistant to the idea that the bad guys had to be a member of a minority group.

What was a filmmaker who liked to use shorthand to create characters rather than create in-depth individual to do?

Well, George Romero gave us the living dead. Steven Spielberg gave us a shark (which is only fair since he soon took away aliens as bad guys with E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, not to return space creatures to their evil glory until War of the Worlds).

But perhaps the filmmaker we should be most grateful to is George Lucas who gave us the most villainous of all villains, the Nazi, in the Indiana Jones franchise.

After all, other than Trump supporters, who likes Nazis? Read the rest of this entry »