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Public Domain (2003)

A dark, wryly funny film about a game show run by smug pseudo-intellectuals that awards money to the contestant with the most pathetic life. The "contestants" are unaware they're even ... See full summary »

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Courtney Fitzpatrick
Madison Fitzpatrick
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A dark, wryly funny film about a game show run by smug pseudo-intellectuals that awards money to the contestant with the most pathetic life. The "contestants" are unaware they're even playing the game: the show's producers infiltrate houses, install surveillance cameras and broadcast footage for viewers to judge in such existential categories as doubt, alienation and disillusionment. A biting critique of the culture of surveillance as entertainment. Written by Kris Lefcoe

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Deep cutting humorous nihilistic take on nihilistic cultural phenomena
3 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

saw it at anthology film archives, where one of the actors spoke, who is now with or was with the jon stewart team.

though dark in some ways at heart, the initial humor beguiles a profound take on contemporary pop culture, alienation and fame. was ahead of its time in that it took the "reality"show concept to an absurd extreme, before the craze took off to occupy so much of people's time anti-brechtian reality show hosts address the audience providing narrative continuity, while the distressingly funny script and acting make one laugh despite the widespread malaise that is addressed overall can be seen on a multitude of levels, as surface comedy or striking commentary


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