Thursday, September 25, 2003

How to Get Ahead in Advertising dir. Bruce Robinson
One of the vampirish Richard E. Grant's early films, this surreal critique of the way advertisers bludgeon the common people is very effective. The advertising demon in Grant takes the form of a talking mole on his neck and is meant to be disgusting just as the crass commercializing and marketing of everything is disgusting. I won't ruin the end, but I will point out that there are some delightful dramatic treats along the way, accompanied by ironic excerpts from Holst's "Jupiter" and Saint-Saens's Symphony No. 3.

On a related note, see Brett Marston on what Habermas would call this the "colonizing of the lifeworld "


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