Film Series: The Will of the People: V for Vendetta
“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.” – Thomas Jefferson. Gather with the people to watch and discuss films that explore the will of the people, and how it influences our politics and culture. This sampling of great movies touches on a variety of the topics around the subject – from individualism and being a lone voice in the wilderness to the power of the masses. Films followed by guided discussion.
Directed by James McTeigue. Starring Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving.
“V for Vendetta packs an urgent filmmaking energy that pins you to your seat. Written by the Wachowskis—Andy and his transgender brother, Larry—and directed by first-timer James McTeigue, their assistant on The Matrix, the film flies on a rhythm all its own. There's nothing Neo about V, the masked avenger who uses bombs, daggers and his telegenic charisma to take down a regime that has left him a burned remnant of its ungodly experiments. Hugo Weaving—Agent Smith in the Matrix movies—plays this terrorist grandmaster behind a fiberglass mask that makes his vocal wit and physical eloquence doubly remarkable. Never mind that the Shakespeare-quoting, rose-carrying V comes dangerously close to Phantom of the Opera kitsch. Or that his politics can be as simplistic as Billy Jack's. V has his mojo working. V for Vendetta is an action film that is not afraid to stop for thoughtful debate, a wry laugh or a lesson on how to fry an egg for a pretty girl.” – Peter Travers, rollingstone.com. 132 minutes. Rated R.
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