Your Letters: On Propaganda And Appreciation

Last week we spoke with Christian Bale who stars in the new film, The Flowers of War. Also, Gwen Thompkin's personal appreciation of Etta James moved many listeners to tears, laughter and reflection. Host Scott Simon reads listener reaction to last week's program.

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Time now for your letters. Last week we spoke with Christian Bale who stars in the new film, "The Flowers of War." The movie takes place in China during Japan's violent occupation of Nanjing in 1937. "The Flowers of War" has been criticized as being part of an effort by the Chinese government to improve China's image in the world.

Roy Merritt posted at NPR.org: I think we should take Mr. Bale's word on whether the movie is a propaganda piece. The story revolves around a true incident and that can not be disputed. Most people are astute enough to know when they're being preached at and or manipulated, and will think accordingly.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I JUST WANT TO MAKE LOVE TO YOU")

ETTA JAMES: (Singing) I don't want you to be true. I don't want to be your to be no slave...

SIMON: Gwen Thompkins' personal appreciation of Etta James moved many listeners to tears, laughter and reflection.

LuAnn Jones of Richmond, Virginia, writes: The songs you chose to illustrate Etta's unique talent tapped into exactly what made her so wonderful. Something positively primal about her strong and sultry voice spoke to us in that deep dark place that only a well-placed moan can reach.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I JUST WANT TO MAKE LOVE TO YOU")

JAMES: (Singing) I just want to make love to you. Ooh-ooh-oh, love to you. Oh-oh-oh, love to you. I can tell by the way you walk that walk, hear by the way you talk that talk. I know by the way you treat your girl, give you all the loving in the whole wide world. All I want to do is...

SIMON: Share your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter, @NPRWeekend. I'm @NPRScottSimon. Or go to NPR.org and click on the link that says Contact Us.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I JUST WANT TO MAKE LOVE TO YOU")

JAMES: (Singing) I just want to make love to you. Ooh-ooh-oh, love to you. Oh-oh-oh, love to you...

SIMON: Good morning. You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News.

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