Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Commentary on Children of Men

I just discovered this five minute commentary on Children of Men by Slavoj Žižek, which is also found on the DVD version of the film. Žižek has a wonderfully literate reading of the film, sensitive to the context which shapes and frames the content of the story, which he refers to as an anamorphosis of our culture and society. In short, Žižek examines the film's ability to obliquely capture the social oppression and the despair of an imagined (though no less real) late capitalist society through the constructed barriers of our present day xenophobia to arrive at a remarkably powerful political commentary on the foreign policy of the modern first world psyche.

Looking forward to our discussion of this film on Wednesday, October 3 at 7pm.


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