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Orwell Rolls in His Grave (2003)



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Directed by Robert Kane Pappas, Orwell Rolls in His Grave questions whether the bleak, feverishly regulated world of author George Orwell's 1984 is no longer a dire fictional account of government power gone wrong but a creeping reality of recent American media trends. The film focuses on the media's least covered topic -- itself -- in an effort to trace the process by which newsworthy stories are either dismissed entirely or distorted into something more politically suitable for the heads of various media conglomerates. It also studies how influential politicos became responsible for an industry that was largely created in order to keep political abuse in check. Among the interviewees include legal scholar and former L.A. prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, film director and author Michael Moore, and Danny Schechter, a former producer for ABC and CNN. Pappas also covers the expansion of the news media and examines whether the onset of competitive 24-hour news stations has actually led to a nationally less informed public.

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Critic Reviews for Orwell Rolls in His Grave

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (10)

For some, Pappas' film will simply confirm everything they've suspected of the fourth estate. For others, it will be a reiteration of points they make themselves. Those who've never thought about these issues may be in for the shock of their lives.

Full Review… | August 27, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
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Comes across as a political science course videotape rather than a movie to fully engage a general audience.

Full Review… | July 30, 2004
Washington Post
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Enlightening, at times disturbing, and always provocative.

Full Review… | July 29, 2004
Los Angeles Times
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Even though he refuses to excise about 15 to 20 minutes of unnecessary material, Pappas is nonetheless a steady editor who, less intrepid than dogged, pieces together a sustainably intriguing, suitably distressing exposé.

Full Review… | July 28, 2004
L.A. Weekly
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The war against the neo-fascists still goes on, and the outcome at this point is far from certain. Mr. Pappas' film does its part.

Full Review… | July 23, 2004
New York Observer
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Every incident mentioned in the film was reported in the media, sometimes ad nauseam, and the polls show that about half of Americans like where things are going.

July 23, 2004
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for Orwell Rolls in His Grave

If you've ever wondered why people in trailer parks are voting to lower the taxes of billionaires, This documentary will have you smacking your forehead and saying, "It's the media stupid!"

Kathy Woods
Kathy Woods

This documentary written and directed by Robert Kane Pappas is a relevant one for the modern society because covers topics including the Telecommunications Act of 1996, concentration of media ownership, political corruption, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the controversy over the US presidential election of 2000 (particularly in Florida with Bush v. Gore), and the October surprise conspiracy theory. On the other hand, I can see the similarities with all other systems of control in China, Russia, Middle East and even Europe. It seems that government quickly follow up each other when they have to take freedom of speech from their citizens, regardless the political views. I cannot say that I didn't like the documentary: it was relevant, had trustworthy experts who know their subjects extremely well, it had facts, it had plenty of interviews... but somehow it was too dry and lecturing for my taste. I am a lecturer myself, and the most important thing is to involve the audience into the lecture! This documentary didn't do that for me - I was always aware that this is presented information to provide me with truth which should alter my views on democracy in the United States. No need for that in my case, because I was an owner of a radio station in the late 80's and I know a thing or two about the subject, and all I wanted is to enjoy the presentation. Well, that was hard if you are just lining up the presenters and facts. I was thinking to show this to my students, but I will edit parts of it before doing that, because in this form is a little bit too hard to "chew" the complicated subject of taking a democracy from the "demos" to the 1% of the US population! George Orwel's "1984" seems like a paradise compared with today's laws in the "Western Freedom" countries, with US as a leader. Recommended for the information and revelation, not artistic value!

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Panta Oz

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Amazing yet great follow up to the film of 1956 and book "1984". "Orwell Rolls in His Grave is a 2003 documentary film written and directed by Robert Kane Pappas. Covered topics include the Telecommunications Act of 1996, concentration of media ownership, political corruption, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the controversy over the US presidential election of 2000 (particularly in Florida with Bush v. Gore), and the October surprise conspiracy theory."--Wikipedia [img]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT9Kqovhn-eU7m5t3K-eP6wP1z1JC7BoGw_nUheRWW3AfSuy4ddpg[/img] SEE the entire 3 hour documentary film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_lYGyIaK80 REVIEWS: 100% Nauseatingly relevant to the entire western world, 'Orwell Rolls In His Grave' is an intelligent, well-structured and convincing condemnation of American ... [img]http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcStmR2ueSIY0_ryKPdxVg0TRyrQTa9f2Xw1amgjnDQ_PIdH2B10[/img] CAST or Contributors: Charles Lewis, Founder, Center for Public Integrity Robert W. McChesney, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Mark Crispin Miller, Author, Professor, New York University Bernie Sanders, Congressman from Vermont (I) Mark Lloyd, Visiting Professor M.I.T. Greg Palast, Investigative journalist Vincent Bugliosi, Attorney, Author Aurora Wallace, Associate Professor, New York University Michael Moore, Filmmaker, Author Danny Schechter, Filmmaker, Author John Nichols, Journalist/Columnist: Capitol Times, The Nation Peter Mitchelmore, Former Editor of the New York Post Jeff Cohen, Founder of FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) Tim Robbins, Actor, Director, Writer, Activist and Founder of The Actor's Gang Dennis Kucinich, Congressman, Ohio (D); Presidential Candidate Maurice Hinchey, Congressman, New York (D) Tony Benn, Former Labour MP and Cabinet Minister Jim Ryan, Anchor, Good Day New York, FOX5 Joe Klines, Producer, FOX5 News at 10, Atlanta Byron L. Dorgan, Senator, North Dakota (D) Tom Daschle, Senator, Minority Leader, South Dakota (D) Janine Jackson, FAIR Program Director Trent Lott, Senator, Mississippi (R) Michael K. Powell, (R) FCC Chairman Kathleen Q. Abernathy, (R) FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps, (D) FCC Commissioner Andrew Schwartzman, Media Access Project [img]http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSU8CqjXCdHhqnqQ5TUAE9UGY-T39VbJzDBO6Xm5QGbss9pzVBK2A[/img] Directed by Robert Kane Pappas Produced by Robert Kane Pappas Music by Chris Jagich Cinematography J. Alan Hostetter Robert Kane Pappas Editing by Robert Kane Pappas Release date(s) October 2003 (East Hampton Film Festival) July 23, 2004 (New York) April 13, 2005 (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema) in Argentina Running time 84 minutes [img]http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTM1kL20f12EbqglnWpu1HDc-qg_hOkKj5yJjlzczVoqtImRXEZ[/img]

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