Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Cinematic Quality to the Assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey

Even before Steven Sailer wrote up similarities between the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey to the Bertolucci’s 1970 film The Conformist, I felt there was an odd cinematic quality to the assassination captured in the photos of the act.

But Sailer has taken all this to a new level. Here is a still photo from  The Conformist:

I am now wracking my brain to think of what films may reflect the rule of President Trump in America. Perhaps it has never been conceived by filmmakers. 



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    1. Nah, that's way too Democratic. Triumph of the Will maybe?

  2. Weird. I've always been fascinated by the parallels between "The Manchurian Candidate" and the Reagan / Hinckley shooting.

  3. So far it's been like a Rodney Dangerfield comedy. Trump as the Dangerfield character who is an elite, but doesn't act like other elites and is actually hated by other elites, comes to disrupt the status quo to the dismay of ruling class. I'm thinking Back to School and to a lesser degree Meet Wally Sparks and Caddyshack.

    If Dangerfield starred in a movie about running for election, it would look much like the Trump campaign. Dangerfield could deliver the line "Because you'd be in jail" to his elitist, janus-faced opponent.

  4. You know your movie history, well done.

    Another film that comes to mind is the 1966 classic Blow-Up staring David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave, which is an all time favorite of mine. Two other films with presidential aspects, Parallax View with Warren Beatty as the fall guy, and the Dead Zone starring Martin Sheen as the Presidential candidate who avoids being assassinated by Christopher Walken when he holds up a small boy to protect his face.

    On a technical level I also noticed the cinematic quality, it is very sharp, good contrast, and looks like ads I used to work on work for the top ad agencies in LA at the beginning of the digital era in 1980s. In a word, it is too perfect. The only problem I had with the photos is the whites were dingy, and the flesh tones were all out of balance.

    Bottom line, it smells.