Ralph Breaks the Internet
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Stylish, breezily entertaining documentary explores the little-known role played by Hollywood movies - and one heroic film dubber - in toppling Romanian communism.
Chuck Norris vs. Communism shines a light on a little known part of history and illuminates how the power of cinema can inspire a nation ...
Ilinca Calugareanu's documentary does a superb job of tracing how the movement grew from a few film lovers to almost an entire nation, rebelling in one of the few ways they could, one Chuck Norris film or Dirty Dancing at a time.
The playful title barely conceals the interest of the subject: the clandestine viewing of films banned by communism... for many represented a subtle act of resistance. [Full review in Spanish]
The film shows protestors in the street, news footage of the effects of watching "those video tapes". The archival footage is inspiring, now, much as the fiction movies were inspiring, then.
Chuck Norris has a lot going for it, but its most powerful effect is to remind us of the simple freedoms we enjoy.
Chuck Norris vs Communism is part spy movie thriller, part comedic tribute to VHS that firmly makes a case for the literal transformative power of cinema.
Although it is very interesting to learn about how those people living in a heavily controlled Communist regime silently rebelled against the status quo by watching movies, the conclusion it draws in the end sounds more like a silly, unfounded jump than anything else.
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