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Film Page: V for Vendetta

March 18, 2006

About 20 of us from the Austrian Scholars Conference caught V for Vendetta Friday night. It's not everyday that you get to see a great libertarian, even anarchist, film on opening weekend with libertarians from around the country! Here is my review for the film page:

V for Vendetta (2006)

"People shouldn't fear their governments. Governments should fear their people." With this arresting tagline, V for Vendetta announces its two intertwined themes: Governments and the people that fear them. Based on an explicitly anarchist comic book by Alan Moore, the film is somewhat less explicit about its anarchism but entirely clear on the theme of freedom and what it requires. It is fear that keeps the people cowering before their tyrannical government. The masked "V" of the film gets people's attention through spectacular, violent pranks that teach them to distrust and ridicule the government. This film is truly interesting and challenging, with enough ideas to keep people discussing the film for years to come. Rated R for violence. See this review.

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