Pelley Is Prologue
Lately I keep thinking that it's a little surprising nobody has seized on the opportunity to make a recent flick about William Dudley Pelley. Maybe it's a little too on-the-nose? Might be a challenge to avoid having it scan as didactic / corny, and of course there's always the difficulty of avoiding the induction of dumbass anti-hero sympathy toward him in (maybe especially US) audiences, but the dude really has it all: – an anti-communist politic which is inseparable from antisemitism, – narcissistic, moderately-successful author & hollywood screenwriter who goes far-right, – heaps of proto-new-age woo bullshit, – a large-scale street fascist paramilitary organization (which finds particular traction in the Pacific Northwest), – high profile seditious conspiracy trial & conviction, – etc. (etc. etc. etc.)
Anyway, interesting prologue & historical context for a lot of things happening at the moment – and a pretty salient object lesson in the type of ostentatious (nonetheless very dangerous) clown that tends to spearhead any given fascist movement with demagoguery.
Bill Hader is good at wrecking the anti-hero tropes, so...