Brian De Palma’s propaganda movie “Redacted” earned him the best director award at the Venice Film Festival. But the reviews are a different story.

Redacted is the obscure story of the rape and murder of an Iraqi girl by American GIs. With 150,000 troops in Iraq, Brian De Palma disengenuously attempts to define U.S. troops and the Iraq War by a solitary crime which is an insignificant event in the story of a war. Such a propaganda ploy is nothing new, but it spectacularly fails under the weight of historical significance.

One might ask where was Brian De Palma during Saddam’s wars when 2 million humans were killed on the battlefields of the Iran-Iraq wars, many of them children. Rather than documenting the human slaughter, he was misdirecting the talented Al Pacino in his most exaggerated performance, Scarface.

Perhaps the reason for his silence is that to liberal bomb-throwers like De Palma, their core dogma is that Americans are evil people and America is the Evil Empire. Where there are communists, dictators, and tyrants who oppose democratic principles, the love will be unflinching. So the votes for “Redacted” poured in from the liberal entertainment elite, born of silver spoons into the western culture they seem to loathe.

As a war propagandist, De Palma makes no secret of his goals. Rather than make an objective documentary, he allows that his aim is “get the public incensed enough to get their congressmen to vote against the war.” Political objectives always turn historical accounts into fiction, which is the realm in which De Palma is most comfortable.

Brian De Palma’s career has been spent writing entertaining but lightly-regarded horror and fiction movies. One of his greatest professional achievement previously was winning something called the “Silver Bear” award in a German festival. He is an entertainer, and when entertainers try to make political statements the usual bumbling effort is clumsy and nakedly transparent.

With “Redacted”, Brian De Palma joins Michael Moore as a laughing stock of serious political discourse about the war.