I never thought I’d hear that.”
“Well I don’t know,” I said, “but you did make the best film of the year with an important family and it took on important issues and it got attention and it got people talking and I don’t know why I keep calling you a film maker when you know exactly what you are. You are my director and it’s really a huge honor.”
Towards the end, he asked me what I was working on and my answer was “The Big Short,” and now when the subject comes up again he mentions the film. “But you made the best film this year. And it’s your film,” he says, “but it is so much smarter.”
I read through to the end of “Nostalgia (Prelude to Revolution)” , which was the final part of the trilogy, and I was disappointed. I don’t mean this in a bad way, I just wasn’t convinced the ending was satisfying; I could have done without the final scene.
What I think is going on is that despite the fact that you’re trying to change history itself at the end, you’ve actually changed history. The people who are now the oppressors have changed, and all we’ve done is make those changes. And now we can go back and try the same mistakes again and again; this time, we can see where it goes wrong for us if we have more of the good experiences that made people hate or fear us and make us more afraid of the people who already hated us.
I’ll give you an example: in the American South the Ku Klux Klan tried to get you to kill your parents. Now that’s just hate-mongering. But you had been brought up to think otherwise. You’d always been taught that people who loved people were also good-hearted.
You could argue we are being led into it by things we did ourselves as children, but that’s a slippery slope. What made me sad, however, was seeing the way the new oppressors are trying to tell you they love you. They’re saying to you, “We’re doing this for you and you’ll be glad to hear it; it makes our lives better, and we can’t stand to think of you in the same way we used to.” This is what happens when indoctrinated by the media and other groups using people’s fears and hatreds against them.
Of course the problem is not that the oppressors are “good