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By Prospect   June 2010

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Videocracy dir Erik Gandini. On general release from 4th June

Videocracy, by the Swedish-Italian director Erik Gandini, doesn’t give you many details about Silvio Berlusconi and his media empire (read Alexander Stille’s 2006 book The Sack of Rome for that). But it does tell you a lot about the atmosphere that the Italian prime minister helped to create, and the people around him. The opening shots are from Berlusconi’s first notorious television game shows of the early 1980s, in which housewives take off an article of clothing every time a contestant gets the answer to a (simple) question right.…

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