Privilege (1967)

Stephen Shorter (Manfred Mann's Paul Jones) seems like the perfect pop star; he is, however, little more than the puppet and prisoner of a manipulating church and state. What seemed like outlandish speculation in 1967 - the control of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 29, 2008
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Fernando F. Croce

A raging and thoroughgoing satire of pop messiah-dom and media puppetry

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

While not primarily intended as prophecy, Watkins's tale of Shorter's reign and fall has resonances of celebrity activism from Bob Geldof to globe-hopping lobbyist Bono.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

Watkins doesn't offer any pretense of subtlety in his brash portrait of pop stardom and the entertainment industry as the opiate of the masses...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" (1971) picked up the same storyline and most thought he was a genius for doing so.

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Robert C
I'm guessing this is probably one of the earliest examples of a "mocumentary", which is impressive. What is also impressive is how eerily… More
Walter M.
Made in 1967, "Privilege" at first seems to be little more than just a reaction against Beatlemania as it starts with a ticker tape parade for rock… More