Celebration is the latest version of the American Dream, a town built in 1996 in the swamp of central Florida by the master of make believe The Disney Company. Once again Disney had its ...
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Celebration is the latest version of the American Dream, a town built in 1996 in the swamp of central Florida by the master of make believe The Disney Company. Once again Disney had its thumb on the pulse of the American public: to return to community, to a neighborhood. Celebration is a beautiful, pristine and crisp town with pre-1940's architecture that takes you back to a safer, more comforting place where neighbors greeted neighbors. Almost ten years later it is the home of 8000 residents. The film shows six couples in search of utopia. It was Disney that attracted them to Celebration. They all remember their first time to Disney World, a magical and care-free place. When they heard that Disney was building a town which went back to the past instead of the future they packed their belongings and felt like modern day pioneers. "Celebration" is a documentary about people in search of a better life and a better place to live. Yet behind the beautiful facades and white picket fences ... Written by
I happened across this documentary on the Disney-founded city of Celebration the other day on Sundance Channel, I believe it was. Very enjoyable overall. It had an odd style-- they'd interview someone, yet they'd show that person standing in an odd position and the interview stuff was often them in voice-over. That and when you'd see this, it's usually involve these weird, rigid, mechanical camera moves that would pan around the scenery and end back up on the person "talking." That got annoying after a while, and I found it rather distracting.
They had some good information on the city, the background of the city, the controversies involved...the stuff they gave only scratched the surface, but it's easily a nice springboard for further, more in-depth research on the specifics.
I had heard about the city some years ago and did a little research, just because the idea sounded so odd. So, when I saw the info. on this one in the on screen guide, I had to check it out. An interesting take on the city and some of its people, but it hit in some spots and missed totally in others. Somewhat uneven in the end. I've never seen another movie on the town, so this is as good a place to start as any.
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