Friday, June 12, 2015

Know Your Enemy

"As propaganda, United Passions is as subtle as an anvil to the temple. As drama, it’s not merely ham-fisted, but pork-shouldered, bacon-wristed, and sausage-elbowed."

The Village Voice's Ashley Clark on United Passions. Who would have thought that a film about FIFA funded by FIFA would have turned out to be a preposterous hagiographic and absurdly expensive folly?

Of course, as Clark points out, "the timing of the American release ... couldn’t be more bitterly ironic", given the wave of arrests of FIFA officials in the last fortnight. All the more reason for Tim Roth, Sam Neill and Gerard Depardieu to rue their involvement and hope the ground would open up and swallow them, no doubt.

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