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A Moment of Silence (2000)

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"Bill" is a gung-ho advertising executive with too much power and too few people skills. We find him working on a campaign for a soothing vacation package, but his life is quite the ... See full summary »

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Shayna Hill ...
Carol
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"Bill" is a gung-ho advertising executive with too much power and too few people skills. We find him working on a campaign for a soothing vacation package, but his life is quite the opposite: a constant barrage of mobile phone calls, pages and faxes. One evening, as Bill wraps up the deal (while simultaneously listening to a CD, his answering machine messages, and watching picture-within-picture TV) he receives a phone call that changes his life. Written by Anonymous

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an impressive humanist film
20 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this short at the Toronto film festival and I've been looking for it ever since. I teach high school literature. It would be perfect for my class. It's one of the most humanist films I've ever seen. One of my key topics is the omnipresent presence of technology — particularly the abuse of communication devices — for insignificant, impulsive reasons.

Moment of Silence brought this to light in a funny way. Well, not "ha ha." Darkly comic, I'd say. If just for that the film is atypical of a "message movie." It also worked on other levels such as the skewering of video games and the advertising industry. (No wonder ADD is so prevalent!) I think one viewer missed the point; the protagonist is irredeemable because he is already consumed by technology. A 21st Century equivalent to selling one's soul, as were.

The film was amazingly well crafted and held my attention from beginning to end. I may be prejudiced because I believe (and teach) its message, but I think it was terrific. George Orwell would love it, too! Does anyone know where I can get a copy?


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