still OT: "Hollywood villains with British accent"
In my last posting, I forgot to say where I see the connection between Russians in German movies and Brits in Hollywood productions.
I try to put myself in the director's position: To have only American villains is boring. The plot needs some bad guy from the international scene. But if he is non-American, which nationality should he be? He must not come from a totally foreign culture, because this would be racialist, especially if there is more than one of them in the same plot.
So the international white-collar criminal is British.
The dirty work is done by Hispanics/Latinos (or whatever the PC word is), because they are "poor" enough, yet culturally or at least geographically close to the US. And nobody will call the director a xenophobe, isn't that fine?
Watch out for the spectators when drawing a bad picture!
Same goes for any ominous religious phenomenon. It must happen in the context of a well-known religion, but not one that is too foreign to the audience. Neither should we bash a tiny minority. It must be Christianity. Within the Christians, only the Catholics qualify. Bad religious things must not happen in a Protestant context, because a certain denomination must be chosen, and this denomination will feel offended and start to rant about the movie. But the Catholics are the biggest denomination, everyone knows them, yet the majority of the US is not Catholic. So the audience can identify with the characters, still doesn't over-identify, no minority is hurt, and everybody is happy.
OK, that was very OT. Maybe I will open an own thread for this topic sometime.