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From:mike6937
Date:May 20th, 2004 08:57 pm (UTC)
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This film was an interesting take on the old "beware absolute power" concept. I saw alot of post WW2/Nazi atrocities issues in the film, from the corruption of some prison guards once they were in power to the mob mentality of those who followed along. (Couldn't you just see the inevitable 'following orders' defense at trial?) Visually, the blonde haired, impeccably uniformed head guard, the prison smocks, and the shaving of Fahd's head really drove the Nazi Germany theme home.

I also saw alot of "Lord of the Flies" in this film. The two heads of groups at odds, the imbalance of power between the groups, and the absence of laws coupled with the inescapability of the situation are some similarities that come to mind. Since Lord of the Flies was written in response to the horrors of WW2, I could just be oversimplifying, but that guard who got caught passing notes and imprisoned really reminded me of Piggy.

Overall, I enjoyed Das Experiment, and it reminded me of why I like foreign films so much. It would be almost impossible to get something so dark and unique made in Hollywood, and the end result would probably be cheap and corny.

Oh, and that knife scene at the end was fucking sick.
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From:shared_boxers
Date:May 21st, 2004 11:28 am (UTC)
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I never finished reading Lord of the Flies, nor finished watching the movie for that matter, so that whole undertone was lost on me. Though I do know the basic story, I was more drawn to the Iraqi prison parallels the second time around. But that was probably because it's so fresh in my mind.

Maybe I'm remembering it incorrectly, but didn't they make a Nazi reference in the movie?

It would be almost impossible to get something so dark and unique made in Hollywood, and the end result would probably be cheap and corny.

There's some good dark American stuff. I think Secretary was one of the best dark romantic comedies.
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From:hardcorae
Date:May 21st, 2004 12:28 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, at one point Fahd/Fart called the guards "fucking Nazis."
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From:mike6937
Date:May 21st, 2004 12:54 pm (UTC)
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One Nazi reference. The kiosk guy that got brained called the guards Nazis.
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From:hardcorae
Date:May 21st, 2004 12:30 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I agree with the Lord of the Flies thing. Katie actually pointed that out while we were watching it. That guy was totally Piggy.
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