Videocracy (2009)

With the recent assault on Berlusconi in Milan where a man threw a statuette at the prime minister hitting him in the face and causing considerable injury, and the subsequent notice by his administration that the government would seek… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 28, 2009
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

Pulsing with incredulity and dread, it's less a fully developed argument than the seed of one.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Videocracy is a queasy-funny and unapologetically biased look at the televisual world that the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has created.

Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

Less than the sum of its parts; colorful, but not quite a forceful enough inquisition into the go-go, power-grab pop intersection of fame, tabloidism and information management to connect in lasting emotional fashion.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Videocracy makes spooky comedy of a nation's addiction to fame.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

If a team of clever screenwriters tried to script a cautionary tale about the politics of fame (and the fame of politics), they likely couldn't come up with anything odder or more apt than Erik Gandini's documentary Videocracy.

Peter Bradshaw

Videocracy is a fascinating film, indicative of the new wave of scorn and revulsion felt by a younger generation of Italians for Berlusconi's smug and mediocre rule.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

The combination of terrific footage with a low, rumbling score of doom makes this a compelling horror show.

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Ella Taylor
Village Voice

A stale vibe is only one of the problems pervading Erik Gandini's documentary about the pathological symbiosis between unregulated media control and celebrity mania in Italy.

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Paul Knoll
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Celebrity and the PR politico

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Walter M.
"Videocracy" starts by showing the inherent superiority of European television over its American counterpart. Sadly, the documentary does not see it… More