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Film Page: V for Vendetta

March 18, 2006 by

About 20 of us from the Austrian Scholars Conference caught V for Vendetta Friday night. It’s not everyday that you get to see a great libertarian, even anarchist, film on opening weekend with libertarians from around the country! Here is my review for the film page:

V for Vendetta (2006)

“People shouldn’t fear their governments. Governments should fear their people.” With this arresting tagline, V for Vendetta announces its two intertwined themes: Governments and the people that fear them. Based on an explicitly anarchist comic book by Alan Moore, the film is somewhat less explicit about its anarchism but entirely clear on the theme of freedom and what it requires. It is fear that keeps the people cowering before their tyrannical government. The masked “V” of the film gets people’s attention through spectacular, violent pranks that teach them to distrust and ridicule the government. This film is truly interesting and challenging, with enough ideas to keep people discussing the film for years to come. Rated R for violence. See this review.


Denver April 17, 2006 at 8:27 am

Peter: Thanks for that. Good points. I enjoyed the film mostly because it seems very Orwellian in taking what I see happening in the US (patriot act, a President who’s redefined his office as Emperor, i.e. makes law with stroke of his pen, tortures, etc) and transposing it to Britain so it won’t be so threatening (to the audience or the censors?).

Just as Orwell transposed ’48 to get ’84.

It also makes one wonder just how worried he really was that his novel would upset the powers that be? A thought that had not occurred to me until I saw the movie and started down this train of thought myself.

Kevin October 21, 2006 at 9:00 pm

Personally, I think the Wachovski brothers are arrogant and high handed in the way they treat OTHER people’s creations. This MAY not be self evident to people that are not familiar with the source material but merely applaud the pyrotechnics.These gentlemen are NOT artists NOR creators and they make ENORMOUS sums of money from ENORMOUSLY popular source material.
If they are SO certain they are better creators than the authors they should create something on their own.
Also when V kills the doctor-did anyone else catch that she stated she knew HE was the murderer when she was handed one of “his” roses?
If he raised them BEFORE the hospital he wouldn’t remember it and told her he could not remember his past. If he raised them IN the hospital it would seem a LITTLE less like a hellhole. The “Scarlett Carsons” were not referenced to him and would not have been a telling piece of evidence to the doctor.

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