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The Smoking Movie of the Week

26th September 2008
Smoking is beautiful and, today, it is more beautiful than ever. “Why,” one can ask, “when we hear all the hate and propaganda?”

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...And the movie of the week is...
 
THE STRANGER (1946)
 




Great story, great actors, great movie, great smoking. Set in Connecticut after World War II, The Stranger is a cat and mouse game between Wilson (Edward G. Robinson), a member of the Allied War Crimes Commission and Franz Kindler (Orson Welles), a Nazi who has assumed the false identity of Dr. Charles Rankin. To complete his new intelligentsia disguise, Kindler marries Mary Longstreet, daughter of a Supreme Court justice. 
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(For more information about the Movie of the Week, click here)

That is exactly the reason why. Those who smoke today are very special people, who are certainly not following a fashion: strong, impervious to brainwashing, autonomous thinkers and free spirits. Smoking today is more distinctive than ever, and antismoking campaigns may have had but one merit: they separated the wheat from the chaff.

The sheep, the weak, the unintelligent and the drab, if they ever allowed themselves the noble habit, have quit already. That's their loss. They merge with the uniform grey slush. They are soulless fish. Do you want to be like them? Then leave them to their delusions of health, and let them worship their false gods. You don't want to follow them. Be a grown-up, and smoke tobacco.

Smokers deserve their distinctive culture, and few things express a culture better than movies. In honour of smoking and smokers, FORCES is proud to present a new Multimedia section, The Smoking Movie of the Week.

Once a week, on Fridays, we will add a “new” movie for you. Why did we write new in quotes? Because the movies can't be newly-produced: the only movies we can offer here are copyright-free, thus old movies, but for the most part those are the best ones: good stories that do not rely on "special effects" to replace creativity.

In these movies, smoking is good. It is cool. It is normality. The good guys smoke, and the bad ones usually don’t because they are the bigots, the untrustworthy, the weak, and the obtuse. That is how things were typically portrayed, because that's how they were, and still are.

Make no mistake: it is not our intention to associate smoking with nostalgia for a bygone era. Smoking is very much of today, just as exquisitely desirable as ever, and it is not going away now or in the future – because antitobacco and evil “public health” will fail.

Yesterday as today, smoking is beautiful.
In the pictures: Ingrid Bergman and Carla Bruni

These movies are for all – but, especially, they are dedicated to the youth. They are a time portal that young people need to look through. Most of today's youngsters never experienced the freedom of driving a big convertible without roll bars and safety belts, and without worrying about photo-radars.

They never knew the feeling of riding in the back of a pick-up truck. They never were able to light up where they pleased, because that freedom pleased everyone, or to throw a spent match on the sidewalk, without apprehensively looking around first. They never walked a city street without fearing surveillance cameras. Our young citizens never knew television with cigarette advertisement instead of relentless pharmaceutical ads and brainwashing "public health" propaganda.

Things have not always been so sick. Insistence on self-determination, and choice in one's habits, used to be respected as manly, a sign of moral fortitude. Today the victims of the zero risk mentality are, from their entry into public school, sealed in a cocoon of controlled and false information, imposed values and controlled behaviour. They need to lighten up, light up, and stand up against fanaticism.

These movies are dedicated to them – the builders of our tomorrows – to remind them that individual self-determination is possible, and that our truest safety lies in our liberties, never in cowardice, or subjection. A world free of "public health," surveillance cameras and propaganda was and will be a better world. You can exist without the state's telling you what’s bad and what’s good.

The Anti onslaught has polluted recent times. Similar has happened before, but oppression is fundamentally weak, it cannot endure against willful resistance. Anti is ripe for a fall. It cannot come too soon. These movies are not a portal to the past, but a portal to the future – a future that all of us can begin on today and which our youth can reëstablish firmly when it gets to power. Anti belongs in the past. The future belongs to those who know what is good for them. That's most of us.

One new movie a week, every Friday, to enjoy through the weekend. That’s our pledge to young and old. Get a beer, a pack of smokes, and plenty of munchies.  Lights out, screen on: it's liberty's show!



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