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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: a Subtle Anti-Socialist movie
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Posted by: LateForLunch ®

09/09/2019, 03:40:52

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I was on Wikipedia looking up the name of the rebellious character McMurphy portrayed by actor Jack Nicholson. 'Became amused reading about the history of the film's production. 

Turns out the copyright belonged to actor Kirk Douglas (who played McMurphy in the award-winning Broadway play), for more than ten years - but he was unable to get anyone in H-Wood interested in making it (even with Douglas in the lead  role). When he turned 60, elder Douglas passed the rights on to his son Michael - who eventually found a producer (jooooooos!) willing to suggest director Milo Foreman, who read the story outline, then the book.

See, Foreman grew up in Communist-ruled Czechoslovakia, LOVED the story, told them, "To me, [the story] is not just literature, but real life, the life I lived in Czechoslovakia from my birth in 1932 until 1968. The Communist Party was my Nurse Ratched, telling me what I could and could not do; what I was or was not allowed to say; where I was and was not allowed to go; even who I was and was not".

The book's author Ken Kesey was mostly a "counter-culture" anti-war leftist, seeing the book as a sort of anti-government thing (fashionable in the 1960s).

Kesey for instance, reacting to the death of his son in a traffic accident while riding on a school bus without seat belts (seat belts on school buses were a rarity in those days) blamed it on the federal government spending money on weapons in Viet Nam instead of funding  school buses to be fitted with seat belts. (cuckoo clock sounds).

Foreman was passionately all-in, was hired to direct One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest which became one of only two films to win every big Oscar at the Academy Awards (best actor, best screen play, best picture, best director, best actress).

Submissions  on Rightminds are invited for this category of film/book. 

Another off the top of my head would be Vrian DePalma's classic gangster movie Scarface (1983) with its slice-of-history view of the Cuban boat-armada Jimmy Carter inflicted on the state of Florida and the rest of the nation. Carter stupidly imported tens of thousands of sociopaths, thieves, murderers/rapists/child-molesters and other violent criminals released from Castro's prisons - with catastrophic results that reverberate to this day. 

Scarface also has references to life in Cuba under  revolutionary socialism (monologue from Montana during interrogation by Florida INS agents screening the boatloads of Cuban "refugees").  Montana goes on a fascinating rant about life in Cuba which was almost certainly a true account of someone who had actually lived there translated into the script. 

Director screenwriter Brian DePalma vents the rage the nation was feeling about Cuba's vile, brutally-inhumane Communism and Carter's betrayal of the nation by having his "compassion" exploited ruthlessly by Castro (who was plainly laughing at Carter/the USA behind our backs). 

As struggling Montana is carried out of the room, the disgusted chief agent who saw his prison tattoo (designating him as an assassin for the Cuban crime gangs) spits, "I don't believe a word of that bullshit. Castro is shitting all over us!!

Montana (indignant, being held/restrained by two agents taking him to Freedom Town): You like octopus maing? Huhn!?! You ever had octopus to eat !?! I eat octopus three times a day  - I got octopus comin' out my fuckin ' EARS!! Chu' don' know what it's like, ju gotaa watch what chu say, huhn!?! Everything you say, with a CHIVATO (LFL:government informant) on every corner. They tell you what to do. What to eat, what to THINK, every day...! "

Modified by LateForLunch at Mon, Sep 09, 2019, 03:59:08

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