Review by Dr Pravin Thevathasan
Sex, Cults And Symbols In Film
by Jay Dyer
As a general rule, I avoid recommending books dealing with conspiracy theories. I am in no position to comment on the authors's claims linking Hollywood with the CIA. Frankly, I do not care for conspiracy theories. And yet, I found much that was intriguing about this book. The author has filled his work with philosophy, psychology, religion and geopolitics. The basic thesis of the book is that there are elite groups intent on bringing about a superstate and they will use technology to manipulate the masses. Some of the Hollywood insiders are in the know and they will use their films to either promote these ideas or send us a warning.
Dyer examines the works of Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch and Stephen Spielberg among others. He refers to the Jams Bond movies in passing, claiming that the character of "Dr No" is an "exemplary figure of shadow government, and shadow government is the normative form of government in our day." The author also claims that Hitchcock was an occultist and one fascinated by political intrigue. That is why he cast Cary Grant in the spy role in North by Northwest. Grant in real life was allegedly a spy who exposed Errol Flynn as a Nazi sympathiser. This was the first film to mention the CIA. The Eva Marie Sainte character was deliberately portrayed as a sex symbol, because Western propaganda promoted the idea that women spies for the Soviet Union were like that. In another movie by Hitchcock, Vertigo, the audience is first shown a series of eyes with spirals emerging. Here we have a theme to be found in this classic movie: we are all trapped. The movie is a metaphor for the loss of place and identity.
In Kubrick's movie The Shining, the main character, Jack, is portrayed as a man with homosexual and incestuous tendencies. He has come to despise his wife and son because he sees them as the main cause of his writer's block. His wife is steeped in the occult. As with another movie of his, Dr Strangelove, there is condemnation of America's aggressive foreign policy. Kubrick's last movie, Eyes Wide Shut, is not simply about people having marital problems. It is about the aberrant sexual practices of the rich elite, including child abuse. Kubrick had already examined this problem in a previous movie, Lolita.There also seems to be an awareness that people are not satisfied with secularism. They need religion, and the occult seems to be the one favoured by the elite.
The most interesting part of the book deals with the philosophical roots of the sexual revolution that Hollywood is so busy promoting. The author notes that the Frankfurt School aimed at destroying the Western (Christian) social order by means of "cultural reengineering." Bertrand Russell predicted that films can be a means of mass social engineering. We can be subject to re-education, and it goes without saying that Christianity and the traditional family must be destroyed.
This is a work I do not entirely agree with. Still, a fascinating read.