Set in a detention camp in an America of the near-future, Punishment Park‘s pseudo-documentary style places a British film crew amongst a group of young dissidents who, faced with lengthy jail time, have opted to spend three days in ’Punishment Park’.
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Not to be missed. This stunning faux documentary fashioned with anger and utter disenchantment with the American system. It is frighteningly prescient. . When I show the film to college students, there is usually a foreign student who asks seriously; "Is this what really happened?" The film made me a real Peter Watkins fan. His commitment to the agit-prop style is inspirational.
Watkins' faux documentary take on the suppression of activism and free speech in 60's/70's America is a riveting and important documentary that in the era of internet monitoring, internment camps and the flag waving right is still important now. Controversial at time of release one only has to watch to see that the same controversy would envelop a similar picture being made today. One of Watkins' best.
A polemical classic and damning indictment on the dystopian role of an increasingly authoritarian establishment. The cinematic revolution took place in the early 70s, and it included this acerbic faux documentary masterpiece.
As affecting as the so-called mockumentary MAN BITES DOG, while huffing fumes from films such as SALO and LIBERA ME, this is timeless, brilliant commentary on America's political absurdity.
Authority, under the veil of goodness and innocence courtesy a lifetime supply of Viagra and vapid acknowledgment of humanity, repressing freedom via violence and murder.