MIFF 2010 review: Videocracy

26 Jul

Italy has turned vile. 80% of Italians receive their information about the world from TV. The film maker profiles three key players: the agent, the paparazzi king turned celebrity and Prime Minister Berlusconi, the scumbag. Italy comes across as a crass, ugly, sexist country betraying it’s rich cultural history in art and fashion for an endless parade of pliant, silent women in bras and bikinis.  TV is everything in Italy according to Erik Gandini’s Videocracy, and a small group of despicable but highly effective and self-interested men manipulate it in their own obscene image. Italy’s people are blinded by the glittering lights emanating out of the media. And girls in g-strings. Compelling doco which takes a cool approach to a sad situation. ****

Interview with the director in NY times blog

6 Responses to “MIFF 2010 review: Videocracy”

  1. idiotbox July 27, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    good review but at least spell the PM’s name right.

    • Ronan Macewan July 27, 2010 at 9:27 am #

      Thanks idiot box -corrected now. I’ve been writing these on my phone in the MIFF queue and I need any proof reading help I can get, so cheers.

  2. anna July 27, 2010 at 7:49 am #

    I enjoyed this review and look forward to seeing it myself.

    As for ‘Italy comes across as a crass, ugly, sexist country betraying it’s rich cultural history in art and fashion for an endless parade of pliant, silent women in bras and bikinis’, er, that endless parade of pliant, silent women in bras and bikinis is the stuff that porno and fashion dreams are made of – it’s pretty startling when it crosses the line.

    • Ronan Macewan July 27, 2010 at 9:28 am #

      I have no idea what your talking about Anna, but it sounds interesting :)

      • Anna July 28, 2010 at 1:00 am #

        are you spelling you’re your to annoy me? He he. Italy’s rich cultural history of art and fashion is filled with endless parades of pliant, silent women in bras and bikinis.

  3. Ronan Macewan July 28, 2010 at 11:49 am #

    never quite like this before though.

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