Social Satire


Films suggested by Friends which portray social satire, a humourous look at human institutions and sacred cows.


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Last updated: November 21, 1997
* Charme discret de la bourgeoisie, La (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie)
France, 1972, Comedy, D: Luis Bunuel, Stars: Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Stephane Audran, 100 m
The attempts by friends to hold a dinner party turns reality and etiquette upside down in this surrealistic comedy.

* Dreigroschenoper, Die (The Threepenny Opera)
Germany, 1931, B & W, Drama, D: Georg Wilhelm Pabst; Play: Bertolt Brecht; Music: Kurt Weill; Stars: Florelle, Valeska Gert, Lotte Lenya, Albert Prejean, Fritz Rasp, 124 m
London is divided into discrete begging franchises, under the strict control of the beggar master, Mr. Peachum. It all goes well until the gangster Mack the Knife (Maeckie Messer) challenges Peachum's rule, and all the London underworld is forced to take sides.

* Great Dictator, The
USA, 1940, Comedy, D: Charles Chaplin, Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, 128 m
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel of Tomania is challenged by his rival Benzino Napaloni of Bacteria in Chaplin's first talkie. Chaplin plays two roles: the Jewish barber and Dictator Hynkel.

* Life of Brian, The
UK, 1979, Comedy, D: Terry Jones, Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, 93 m
Brian, a Jew living under Roman occupation, joins the Judean People's Front (challenged by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Judea), and has a hard time persuading people he is not the Messiah. Monty Python's hi-jinx are shown here in high gear.

* Roger and Me
USA, 1989, Documentary Comedy, D: Michael Moore, 83 m
Moore tries to interview the Chairman of General Motors, Roger Smith, to ask him why he closed GM's plant in Flint, Michigan, eliminating thousands of jobs in that city. The footage of a Fourth of July parade in Flint, that of a woman in Flint trying to make a living selling "Rabbits: Pets or Meat", and that of Smith giving a speech at GM's Christmas Party are mischievously intermingled.


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