Videocracy

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Released 2009

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2009
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How can you explain what's happened to Italy in the age of its current prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi? VIDEOCRACYis director Erik Gandini's critically-acclaimed inquiry into the mercenary underbelly of the high-glitz, low-politics, skin-baring media culture promulgated by Berlusconi's ownership of the majority of the country's television stations -- a powerful tool in shaping public opinion to his financial and political benefit. Approaching the material as both insider and outsider, Gandini (GITMO: THE NEW RULE OF WAR) gains remarkable access to the opulent world of Berlusconi's associates and the armies of willing wannabes that swarm around them, examining the key players (and their conflicted interests) and unveiling a modern Italy as both comedy and tragedy.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Given the stakes, it's hard not to wish that Mr. Gandini had been more ambitious: at 85 minutes, Videocracy can only scratch the surface. Even so, after watching it, you realize th...

  • 40

    Variety

    Rather than presenting a well-argued expose of the disturbing symbiosis that exists between Italo politics and TV, with Prime Minister Berlusconi being only the most obvious connec...

  • 40

    New York Daily News Elizabeth Weitzman

    Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is an ideal documentary subject, but Erik Gandini's jumbled take on Berlusconi's corrupting influence quickly shifts from good idea to wast...

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