THE DARKER SIDE OF THE BLACKLIST: This OpJo snapshot catches a crowd of tinseled anti-anti-Communists patting themselves on the back. This Reason article, on the other hand, details Communism’s real Hollywood influence during the first half of this century–and asks why we’ve seen so few movies about the great, dramatic horrors of the Communist states. The Reason article is a terrific read in its own right–and could also help right-leaning college students come up with nifty ideas for movie nights. Or you could run a “Banned Movies” series, showing films that can’t be seen in their countries of origin–like China’s “The Blue Kite” and Cuba’s “Strawberry and Chocolate.”

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