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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Have the ads gotten subtler since 1964?

Still the same game in attack ads: associate the candidate with negative images (in this case, it's the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud -- wait, that wasn't all that long ago!). Word-association, no matter how meaningless, still works. As the SNL Palin rap phrased it: "When I say Obama, you say Ayers! Obama! Ayers! Obama! Ayers!" Or, if you're Joseph McCarthy Michele Bachmann: "Obama! Anti-American! Congress! Anti-American! Investigation! Anti-American! I never said Anti-American!" (See how that works?)

Full disclosure: The anti-Goldwater ad above, perhaps the most scandalous political ad in American TV history (sorry, "Willie Horton"!) actually ran only once. More about it here.

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