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Less than the sum of its parts; colorful, but not quite a forceful enough inquisition into the go-go, power-grab pop intersection of fame, tabloidism and information management to connect in lasting emotional fashion.
Gandini's voiceover is a little ponderous, but, aptly for a film about the primacy of the image, he lets the pictures, many of them deliberately awkward tableaux, others bordering on absurdist, do most of the work.
This extremely clever documentary explores the power of the media through a remarkably unsettling case study: namely, Italy. Not only is the situation there pretty frightening, but it has implications for every other media-obsessed nation.
Politicians of the world are the celebrity faces of multi-national global corporations that call the shots. If that's news to you then sure, go see this documentary about Italy's variety of such exploitation.
Gandini does a great job keeping his colorful subjects front and center. While he does not star oncamera like Michael Moore, Gandini's creative hand is felt throughout the film's swift 84 minutes as its English-language narrator.
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.