Videocracy (2009)



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With the recent assault on Berlusconi in Milan where a man threw a statuette at the prime minister hitting him in the face and causing considerable injury, and the subsequent notice by his administration that the government would seek tighter controls on Facebook and other social networking sites which they claim "instigate" violence against the prime minister, this elucidating probe of Italian mass media and political skullduggery comes to U.S. audiences at a bizarre and critical moment in … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Television, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Erik Gandini
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On DVD: Sep 7, 2010
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Critic Reviews for Videocracy

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7)

Pulsing with incredulity and dread, it's less a fully developed argument than the seed of one.

Full Review… | July 16, 2010
Los Angeles Times
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Videocracy makes spooky comedy of a nation's addiction to fame.

Full Review… | June 17, 2010
Boston Globe
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The combination of terrific footage with a low, rumbling score of doom makes this a compelling horror show.

Full Review… | June 2, 2010
Time Out
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Videocracy is a queasy-funny and unapologetically biased look at the televisual world that the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has created.

February 11, 2010
New York Times
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If a team of clever screenwriters tried to script a cautionary tale about the politics of fame (and the fame of politics), they likely couldn't come up with anything odder or more apt than Erik Gandini's documentary Videocracy.

Full Review… | February 11, 2010
AV Club
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A stale vibe is only one of the problems pervading Erik Gandini's documentary about the pathological symbiosis between unregulated media control and celebrity mania in Italy.

Full Review… | February 9, 2010
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Videocracy

"Videocracy" starts by showing the inherent superiority of European television over its American counterpart. Sadly, the documentary does not see it that way as it seems to think any undressing on television leads immediately to "Caligula."(Relax, it's not like Hugh Hefner is running the country or anything...) All of which is laid at the feet of now former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi(why couldn't he have held on for another couple of weeks?) and his vast media empire which controls 90% of the television stations in Italy which on the face of it is very, very bad. But the documentary is less interested in his government's policies than in fame and reality programs which are not just an Italian problem but a worldwide plague. Even worse, the filmmakers in pure amateur hour fashion do not even come close to connecting the dots.

Walter M.

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