Thor, I do absolutely understand what you mean and his has some bitter taste with it for sure.
They’re not relevant today, in our own time and culture.
Well, the Riefenstahl movies itself are sort of relevant at least over here being from times we really never want to repeat.
But back to McCarthy: I don’t know anything about where McCarthy stands political. We always assume that artists are moderate area but let’s not forget this is USA. When it comes to patriotism they are sometimes strange from our European point of view. He may have voted for T. and may have scored this with conviction or not. Actually I would love to see an interview with him addressing this topic as that be very interesting and rewarding.