Totalitarianism Movie Assignment
The issue of totalitarian government is depicted in the movie “V for Vendetta”(2005). The film is set in a not-too-distant future, after the world has been the host to a nuclear war, leaving most of it in ruins. Britain, largely untouched by the destruction, nevertheless falls into disorder and chaos. This leaves ample room for an extremist right-wing party to move into power, promising security and order — at a price.
What follows is a fascist state reminiscent of Nazi Germany, with 'detention centres' instead of 'concentration camps'. Undesirables such as homosexuals, ethnic groups and political dissidents are swiftly whisked away to camps where all manners of psychological and physiological testing takes place.
Answer any 3 of the following questions in paragraph form while & after you watch the movie.
1. Explore the ways that minority groups are treated by the government in V for Vendetta. How does this compare to a hundred years ago? Fifty years ago? And today? How might they be treated in 50 years from today?
2. In today's tumultuous political climate the word "terrorist" carries with it certain strong connotations. In his desire to overthrow the government, is V a hero or a villain of the story?
3. Compare and contrast the futures described in V for Vendetta and Brave New World, Nineteen Eighy-Four, and other texts you have read or viewed? What do these visions of the future have in common? How do they differ?
4. How are symbols used throughout the film and how do they convey the film-maker's message
5. How is a dystopian vision of the future presented in V for Vendetta? (dys·to·pi·a Noun An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.).
6. What characteristics of a totalitarian government are depicted in the movie?