Now we as a nation have set back reform for another three years at least here are a few fine pieces to help us maintain our rage.
The Parallax View
2 or 3 Things I Know About Her
Insidious consumerism vs inflexible income turns lower middle class
women into prostitutes in this on the transformation of people from
citizens to customers. Neither narrative feature nor documentary, this
essay on contemporary life retains its vitality all the way from the mid
60s and its blend of philosophy, Marxism and genuinely funny absurdism
keep it fresh.
Triumph of the Will
The Great Dictator
If Triumph of the Will can't entice you all the way through try
Charlie Chaplin's take. Any worthiness aside this endures because it is
still bloody funny. There's a story that Hitler not only saw this film
but laughed helplessly at the scene where Napoloni and Hynkel try to out
elevate each other on the hydraulic chairs. I can't think of a weirder
endorsement of this film, if true, but there it is. I'm not a great fan
of Chaplin's work overall but the addition of dialogue along with even
bolder production values make this a venerable ancestor to the likes of Life of Brian.
Oh, and "never again!"
Burn the Butterflies
Standalone ABC tv movie with Ray Barrett as a Whitlam-like PM beseiged by crisis. As tough as we could make them here for the small screen once upon a time. Final shot used unfocussed background action with shocking brilliance.
The still is not from the movie but Ray is the one on the left.
It Happened Here
Wonder if we could do the same here with the Brisbane Line. Probably not.