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Once again, Mark Jenkins (“Clash of the Cretins,” 5/19) accuses most American moviegoers—the people who prefer confident, heroic epics like Gladiator to the nihilistic chronicles of depression, decadence, and defeat that Jenkins finds so fascinating—as lobotomized, drooling Reaganites. But Jenkins undermines his own claims of Ronald Reagan’s influence by his admission that Gladiator is a return to the sort of epics Hollywood made under the studio system.

Can we look forward to Jenkins’ revelations about how Reagan stole a time machine to force the studio heads of the ’30s to obey his every whim?

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