Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Age of Stupid: the movie

This film grabs you by the gut. Why?

It's a hodgepodge. A series of video clips from our time showing the behavior and attitudes of the culture causing climate change. Powerful images, from Kenyans who can't find clean water, to a British neighborhood fighting wind turbines, to an affluent Indian building an airline.

It's hard to tell whether director Franny Armstrong had any plan in mind other than cumulative effect. But it works. It's all held together by a grim faced narrator telling the story in 2050. He leans into the camera, right into your face, his unremitting expression of grief and disbelief hauntingly unforgettable.

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