Feb. 2nd, 2019

starlady: Toby from the West Wing with a sign that says, "Obama is the President."  (go vote bitches)
source: The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
audio: Low, "Poor Sucker"
length: 3:33
stream: on Vimeo for people in Germany; password: festivids
download: 273MB on Dropbox
summary: There is a war going on for your mind.

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I don't think I've seen this movie since I saw it in the theater in 2004, but watching it again brought it all back--the fear, the paranoia, the despair of watching most of the society around me fall into lockstep on a pointless war that would kill millions. Yet it's impossible to watch the movie now and not think that hey, it's not so bad, as the hostile interests only suborned the vice presidential candidate, and not the presidential candidate himself, and he didn't go willingly. I'm not sure how much of that made it into the vid, but it was on my mind through every second, partly because of the song choice. Double Negative is a stunning album, a cry of rage and despair over what has happened to the country since 2016, and this was the only song I ever considered for the vid. 

In terms of editing, I wanted the vid to echo the claustrophobic and wrong feeling of the movie's cinematography; especially in the first half, I tried not to care too much about the fine timing of certain clips, and I never did explain who exactly was surveilling Marco, or who conceals his role in the assassination at the end. It seems fitting, in an unfortunate way, that this vast story of corporate wrongdoing focuses in the end on a few key individuals. I'd bet that the executives in charge got off with a slap on the wrist.

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