DVD Review by Kam Williams
Headline: DVD Reveals
Silvio Berlusconi is
Berlusconi made his fortune basically by behaving like
In Videocracy, a jaw-dropping documentary directed by Erik Gandini, we’re treated to the sight of women waiting in droves to audition, American Idol-style. When asked why they want to expose themselves, the typical contestant’s naïve response is that they see it as a stepping-stone to fame or to marriage to a multi-millionaire. Sadly, what has evolved is an unseemly scenario where the masses of mesmerized couch potatoes are being titillated ad nauseam while
More important than its displays of misogynistic depravity is Videocracy’s earnest endeavor to issue a dire warning about the consequences of allowing both a nation’s mass media and political power to fall into the hands of one individual. For, inter alia, we learn that Silvio Berlusconi, who looks more like a mob-connected monarch than an elected official, has passed laws giving himself absolution immunity from prosecution for any corruption.
In addition, Berlusconi orders any unflattering images of himself destroyed, although he’s already the owner of every major gossip magazine, anyway. And the malevolent despot even had this film banned from Italian movie theaters, ostensibly because he is acutely aware that in an Electronic Age where image trumps substance, the key to power rests in always being able to manipulate the message without regard to the truth.
A chilling, cautionary expose’ of Orwellian dimensions.
Excellent (4 stars)
In English and Italian with subtitles.
Running time: 85 Minutes
Distributor: Kino International
DVD Extras: None.