Billy Gray

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Remorse, Italian Style

In Movie Reviews on March 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Making a documentary that indicts a country’s shallow, glossy, exploitative reality TV culture is risky: the movie sets itself up for failure if it holds a mirror up to its inane subject without exposing its blackheads.

Erik Gandini’s Videocracy, an expose about Italy’s government-run television (slimy president Silvio Berlusconi controls 90% of broadcast media) has more bite than the endless montages of ¾-naked women and shallow decadence shown on the Television of the President. But I left the theater feeling Gandini could have dug deeper. Videocracy paints a nasty picture that is just disturbing enough to demand a harsher condemnation. Read the rest of this entry »