For Netflix, a Dearth of Commie Documentaries

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Kermit vs. the Gulag. Hilarious!

 

But Nazi docs? Well, there are tons. Here’s a list:

 

  • The Rape of Europa
  • The Unknown Soldier
  • Fighter
  • Nazi Medicine
  • The Double-Headed Eagle: Hitler
  • The Goebbels Experiment
  • Hitler’s Children
  • Mystery Files: Hitler
  • Forgiving Dr. Mengele
  • Orchestra of Exiles
  • Inside the Nazi Hunters
  • Steal a Pencil For Me
  • Bugging Hitler’s Soliders
  • The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
  • Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State
  • Nazi Temple of Doom
  • Paper Clips
  • Human Lampshade: A Holocaust Mystery
  • Hitler, the Tiger and Me
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • Hitler’s G.I. Death Camp
  • Homo Sapiens 1900
  • Hitler’s Secret Attack on America
  • Bombing Hitler’s Dams
  • 3D Spies of WWII
  • Nazi Mega Weapons

 

Did I miss anything? This isn’t to mention the more dramatic treatments concerning National Socialism, ala The Pianist.

Now let’s see how many communist documentaries I can come up with, gleaned from the #1 movie and TV show streamer in America…

I type “communism” into the search field and nothing comes up. Ditto for “soviet” and “communist.” Jeesh. Ok, so for “Mao” I get “Mao’s Last Dancer,” but it’s unavailable to stream. For tittles related to communism however I get:

 

  • Inside North Korea
  • Crossing the Line (about an American defector to North Korea)
  • Camp 14: Total Control Zone

 

But I also get the Nazi doc “Double-Headed Eagle” again, and “Commune,” about a 1960s hippie commune in California.

What do I get for “Cuba”? Cuba Gooding Jr.

So what’s going on here? Why the apparent almost total disinterest in telling the story of Real Existing Socialism? The bias of filmmakers of course, and especially documentarians, who have an even stronger political axe to grind than directors of fictional fare. This phenomenon was discussed in a Hollywood Reporter piece earlier this year, where one guy working the film festival circuit is quoted as regularly contending with “left-wing propaganda.” On the Donald Rumsfeld doc “The Unknown Known,” he tells THR, “Audiences came with the expectation of wanting to see (Rumsfeld) pilloried and anything short of that happening in the film leaves them unsatisfied.”

(When conservative docs do get publicized and succeed despite progressive bias, they tend to be either superficially partisan or religious. Sigh.)

 

 

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