CIA finanzierte Animal Farm

Fefe-Fullquote: „Habt ihr Animal Farm mal gesehen? Die Verfilmung von dem George Orwell-Buch? Bestimmt. Aber wusstet ihr auch, dass die CIA den Film finanziert hat?“

The film version of George Orwell’s Animal Farm is 60 years old. As a new DVD version is released, we look at how the CIA help fund England’s first animated feature film. (…)

The CIA also thought it would be cheaper to make the film in England and believed, with good reason, that they would be able to keep the English animators in the dark about who was funding the film. In addition, they didn’t trust the political leanings of some American illustrators. And the British government was supposedly happy with a film full of anti-Russian propaganda at a time when the Cold War was in full blast. (…)

The one person who surely would not have been happy about it all would have been Orwell himself, not least for the way the ending to his novel was changed.

In Orwell’s pessimistic conclusion to Animal Farm, the pigs become indistinguishable from their human masters of old. In the optimistic CIA-approved ending to the film, the (non-pig) animals ask for help from the outside. They are helped, enabling them to crush the evil Stalin ruler. Some endings are more equal than others, it seems.

animalfarm all animals are equal

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Full Metal Jacket interviews

Colonel: Marine, what is that button on your body armor?
Private Joker: A peace symbol, sir!
Colonel: Where’d you get it?
Private Joker: I don’t remember, sir!
Colonel: What is that you’ve got written on your helmet?
Private Joker: „Born to kill“, sir!
Colonel: You write „born to kill“ on your helmet, and you wear a peace button. What’s that supposed to be, some kind of sick joke?
Private Joker: No, sir!
Colonel: What is it supposed to mean?
Private Joker: I don’t know, sir!
Colonel: You don’t know very much, do you?
Private Joker: No, sir!
Colonel: You better get your head and your ass wired together, or I will take a giant shit on you!
Private Joker: Yes, sir!
Colonel: Now answer my question or you’ll be standing tall before the man!
Private Joker: I think I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man, sir!
Colonel: The what?
Private Joker: The duality of man. The Jungian thing, sir!
Colonel: Whose side are you on, son?
Private Joker: Our side, sir!
Colonel: Don’t you love your country?
Private Joker: Yes, sir!
Colonel: Then how ‚bout getting with the program? Why don’t you jump on the team and come on in for the big win?
Private Joker: Yes, sir!
Colonel: Son, all I’ve ever asked of my Marines is for them to obey my orders as they would the word of God. We are here to help the Vietnamese, because inside every gook there is an American trying to get out. It’s a hard-ball world, son. We’ve gotta try to keep our heads until this peace craze blows over!
Private Joker: [salutes] Aye-aye, sir!

The poetry of the dancing bee

Aus My Dinner with Andre (1981). Der Ausschnitt endet vor dem Satz: „Are you ready for some dessert?“

Apropos Nachtisch… den Film gibt es in voller Länge auf YouTube :) Noch ein schönes Zitat daraus:

Do you know, in Sanskrit the root of the verb „to be“ is the same as „to grow“ or „to make grow“.

Aus dem Lexikon des internationalen Films:

Ein Dialogfilm, der in bewußter Beschränkung der Ausdrucksmittel eine vielschichtige und literarisch anspruchsvolle Meditation über existentielle, politische und künstlerische Probleme versucht. Ein Werk, das Aufmerksamkeit und Geduld erfordert, aber auch geistige Anregung vermittelt.

Obey by Temujin Doran

„We unite behind brands, behind celebrities, rather than behind nations. We have become more than nation states — we are corporation states.“

This is a film based on the book „Death of the Liberal Class“ by Chris Hedges.

It charts the rise of the Corporate State, and examines the future of obedience in a world of unfettered capitalism, globalisation, staggering inequality and environmental change.

The film predominantly focuses on US corporate capitalism, but it is my hope that the viewer can recognise the relevance of what is being expressed with regards to domestic political and corporate activity.

It was made completely of clips found on the web.

Via brainpickings:

British filmmaker and illustrator Temujin Doran has previously delighted and stimulated us with his visual love letters to language and illustration, his opinionated meditations on democracy and the art of protest, and his poetic documentaries about a small Arctic town and a dying occupation.