politics

Viridiana - Mocking Charity

The idea that the poor are just as sinful as the rich doesn't seem too revolutionary, until you look at the majority of Western art and literature. Usually we get the Charles Dickens trope. If only the mean rich people were to leave and the poor people were put in charge, things would run more smoothly. Viridiana in contrast, might have been written by Ayn Rand. It's about as anti-populist as you can get. Rand however, would have tossed in a Prometheus or two. Buñuel's Calvinistic misanthropy allows for no heroes.

Viridiana - Mocking Charity

The Racism of Eastwood's Invictus

Freeman's Mandela exists solely to forgive white people, assuage their guilt, promote reconciliation and ask for nothing in return. In Invictus, we never see Mandela fight for black rights, only for white love.