Retro: The Unquiet American


Joan Braderman
USA 1986
32 min

Long before the advent of Slavoj Žižek, U.S. academic Joan Braderman in 1986 offered a bracing exercise in standup theory and comic deconstruction in this half-hour unpacking on video of the most successful nighttime soap opera on television, which is said to be the favorite series of one hundred million people in 78 countries. Utilizing some of the special effects of co-director and co-editor Manuel De Landa to project herself literally into <![CDATA[<i>]]>Dynasty<![CDATA[</i>]]> and thereby critique its cultural and ideological underpinnings, Braderman manages to mix appreciation with scorn in almost equal quantities.

This film is screened together with <filmlink id=\"3104\">Laughter</filmlink>.

  • Joan Braderman
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