There's been a little complication with my complication
January 19, 2014 11:35 AM Subscribe
I need a dystopian film to replace Terry Gilliam's Brazil
in my undergraduate course.
posted by oflinkey to Media & Arts (35 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
In the past few years I have taught this course, I have paired Fahrenheit 451 and Brazil with varying degrees of success. As time has gone on, students have enjoyed the film less and less and therefore grasped the point of the viewing less and less; mostly, it is the humor that is being lost on them, sometimes it is the accents (?!), but also the style seems be a barrier. This is not a film studies class and I don't really have a lot of time to scaffold them into this movie. This is a methods class for education and what I am trying to do is present material for these students that they might even possibly be able to use in their own future high school classrooms. So.
I love the movie. But the reason I use it is for the aspects of the film which explore surveillance, being a cog in the machine, Byzantine procedural bureaucracy, representations of dystopia, its particular representations of clunky future technology, consumerism, portrayals of violence and terrorism, the juxtaposition of the horror of torture and the shuffle of paperwork, etc. There are obviously overlaps with F451.
I understand no other movie is really going to do all of this. I would like suggestions for a more accessible, possibly newer movie that I can use in class with 18-20 year olds that would reasonable pair with F451 along the above lines.
The Hunger Games is off the table for various reasons.
Thanks in advance!