August 24th, 2007

Film: Land of the Blind

Posted in Movies by ed

landofblind.jpg Bloody good.

Sustained literary satire of baby George Bush and his world.

In essence a farce. Yet it often feels as somber and dangerous as Michael Radford’s 1984 with John Hurt, which had not a moment of comic relief.

Much like Brazil, come to think of it.

It may be too literary, too angry and too historically well informed for today’s Young American intellectuals, who seem to believe they’ve seen it all having been raised on television.

Stuffed with references to classic dystopias and movies (the latter voiced by the President, who spends most of his time making B-films). But the mockery lets the gas out before things get uncomfy. On the whole: a light, intelligent touch.

To plot along lines of Revolution Eats its Young is to trade in cliche. But there’s a good reason cliches become what they are.

A great debut by New Yorker Robert Edwards.

The lovely Pan’s Labyrinth, also out late last year, covers some of the same ground — but as a fairytale gone wrong. And couches talk of fascism in its faded historical context: peasants struggling for rights with their fading feudal gentry. Each aspect of the approach was immediately engaging, but in the end, limiting: a No Trespassing sign forbidding the discusison to go where it otherwise would and should.

Whereas Land of the Blind is here and now for grown-ups.

Now for trivia:

Who said: “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”

FIRST ONE TO COMMENT with correct answer gets a full copy of the “Bush Wins!” New York Post (a Murdoch tabloid here in Fun City) — the first early edition on the streets about 5 am the morning after the attempted November 2000 election.

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