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A general class favorite, this week we will see how film approaches the wonderful genre that is Satire. How is history re-imagined (both present history and past history) through the lens of satire? What does satire allow filmmakers to do that might otherwise be censored or otherwise prevented? The film options this week deal with a wide range of historical events seen through the lens of satire. Good Bye, Lenin! examines what might have been if the Berlin Wall never fell. Being There pokes fun at the idea of profundity and wisdom in contemporary politics. Idiocracy takes a post apocalyptic view of a future in which the average IQ of Americans declines sharply over time. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb casts light on the true stupidity of the cold war through farce. The Great Dictator is a Charlie Chaplin film made at the start of the second world war without any knowledge of the depth of the atrocities occurring within the Third Reich, similar in spirit to Jojo Rabbit in its re-framing of a terrible time through the use of humor..
Caleb’s presentation on Jojo Rabbit: