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Lauded films see one-man backlash
Class criticises Steven Spielberg's terrorist drama Munich
A US filmmaker has launched his own "moral values" prizes because he is unhappy at the awards success of films such as gay romance Brokeback Mountain.

Michael Class urged "media leaders with a sense of patriotism and respect for family... to turn the American Values Awards into a high-profile event".

This year's awards season has been dominated by films with politically and morally contentious storylines.

Mr Class called Syriana, Munich and Brokeback Mountain "morally confused".

Family films

"Syriana blames America for terrorism. Munich confuses justice with vengeance. Brokeback Mountain? What's positive about a film whose main character's sexual behavior destroys a family?"

"They are morally confused - I don't want my kids seeing them," said Mr Class, who heads an independent studio called Magic Picture Frame Studio.

George Clooney's politically-charged Good Night, And Good Luck, and award front-runners Capote and Transamerica, about a man in the process of undergoing a sex change, have also upset right-wing film industry figures.

Mr Class said his preferred frontrunners were family films The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.


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