We’re going to look at several of the movies produced in the past year, with a view to what they tell us about where we are and where we’re going. Not long ago we touched upon Holy Motors, divulging very little. Today it’s The Hunger Games, an especially fascinating entry inasmuch as it is a confirmed Hollywood Blockbuster that requires intelligence.

The protagonist, Katniss, has been thrust into a gladiatorial bllodbath, the preparation for which entails catering to a mainstream pronouncedly creepy.

Knowing something about Jacques Demy’s Donkey Skin can help navigation here.

It is an action film that settles for neither simplistic courage nor simplistic love.

Katniss being politely snubbed by the President for winning not only the fight, but hearts and minds. One more way to get the most from The Hunger Games: read Tocqueville’s Democracy in America.

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