Propaganda is a form of communication
aimed at influencing attitudes of a community,
toward or against a product or idealogy.
Propaganda is a neutral word.
Every advertisement you have ever seen is modern propaganda.
Billboards, TV commercials, internet ads. It is ubiquitous with media.
There is positive propaganda, used all around us every day,
such as anti-smoking ads & car-safety awareness posters.
Propaganda can be used to promote progressive ideas.
And the ‘best’, most effecive kind of propaganda, can both
entertain our emotions & offer a character to embody the ad.
To show a relatable &-or idealistic character, & have he or she
carry out an agenda that the audience admires or emulates.
The finest-tuned, most subtle use of propaganda is ‘at the movies’!
To really invest in a character, is to implant an ideal in a viewers mind.
Dynamic in form, through documentary & fiction,
ideological advertisements, honor of personality cults,
satire, & methodical advertising, all emotionally driven,
these political & social influences subvert the audience,
as a series of taboos is presented & an audience is
shown a story designed to root for or against.
Oftentimes presenting ‘likeable’ characters performing,
or pontificating, various modes of thought & persuasion.
To this end, all of these films intend to sway the viewer
to their way of thinking, be it directly or subversively.
There are many films, alas, not yet on MUBI.
Including numerous music videos depicting a
perfected form of capitalist &-or hedonistic propaganda.
Glamorizing money, fame, various hierarchical American dreams, etc.
More films will be listed as the database grows. Suggestions welcome.