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also known as 25.45

Great Man and Cinema2009

  • 3.6
Kim Jong Il, the Stalinist David O. Selznick, ran the state film studio as a way of promoting his own and his father's cult of personality. The film's title GREAT MAN AND CINEMA comes from a propaganda booklet filled with stories of how the Dear Leader has written, edited, produced and given acting advice in films for the last forty years. This film succinctly synthesizes the Dear Leader's directing philosophy with his feelings toward the imperialist beast at his heels. GREAT MAN AND CINEMA is part of Mike Plante's Lunchfilm series of commissioned shorts (made for the cost of a lunch between Plante and filmmaker Jim Finn).

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This has the greatest song in film history.

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Only 3 minutes of glorious leader Kim Jong Il, but the song will stay with me! Only those who dedicate their lives to the party are invited :-))

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Perhaps Jim Finn's finest work! I LOVE IT!!!

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Awesome.

Basically an ad for the DPRK film industry (which is not without its own irony), featuring clips from Pulgasari and other national classics. Interesting use of chroma key compositing, almost psychedelic but still clearly politicized. We're offered the apparent contradiction of Juche in concentrated form: do the masses make history or does the "Great Man"? It would be easy to parrot racist Western propaganda, but perhaps the answer to this question requires some dialectical reflection. The song is of course a bop.

Fucking USA!

The fucking song.

The song though

boring

Much like driving past a bad wreck on the highway, I could not take my eyes off this.

Weird. Of course, what would we expect from NK.

Weirdest society on Earth ... bar none.