Dillinger Is Dead

Dillinger Is Dead ★★★

A VERY late 60s industrial art film on how industrial capitalism has born constant boredom. How all our media, images, and things make us think we should be entertained all the time due to expendable energy that keeps us up all night and sleep, which we've been doing for centuries, is best assisted via pills. It's not quite Buñuel because it doesn't operate as a dream. Although a pistol, belonging to famed bank robber John Dillinger is found wrapped up in a 1930s news-clipping while a man tries to cook for himself for a change (his wife has taken those sleeping pills to combat a headache), Dillinger is mostly used as the dawn of a new media era. The man who finds the gun paints it up like Warhol, of course, and uses it as a way to escape his boredom to a new life. 


Many films were concerned with the direction of society at this time, what makes Dillinger Is Dead both interesting AND tedious is how aware Marco Ferreri is that we're conditioned to watch and wait; how to do something at that exact moment that modern boredom is reaching a threshold and then he gives something new, followed by new tedium. Women are replaced like a new level of a video game has been reached and I actually think the film is more dangerous than it is enlightening and perhaps that's actually how Dillinger fits in?

Watched for my personal challenge, Farewell FilmStruck, film #24 out of 29.

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