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.
For a society that functions on the image it gives of itself, maybe the camera is the most efficient weapon of the revolution. Fanon's argument for violence as the only legitimate answer to oppression seems to hold. Watched the film the day after the Ferguson verdict and it's hard to call it fictional in 2014.
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.