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Posted on 03/17/2013 11:57:10 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
A short film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron, 2081 depicts a dystopian future in which, thanks to the 212th Amendment to the Constitution and the unceasing vigilance of the United States Handicapper General, everyone is "finally equal...." The strong wear weights, the beautiful wear masks and the intelligent wear earpieces that fire off loud noises to keep them from taking unfair advantage of their brains. It is a poetic tale of triumph and tragedy about a broken family, a brutal government, and an act of defiance that changes everything. Featuring an original score performed by the world-renowned Kronos Quartet (Requiem for a Dream) and narration by Academy Award Nominee Patricia Clarkson (Far From Heaven, Goodnight and Good Luck), 2081 stars James Cosmo (Braveheart, Trainspotting), Julie Hagerty (Airplane!, What About Bob?) and Armie Hammer (The Social Network).
We are on the brink now.
Can there be nothing Great and Good in this world?
Yup. Sure. Ever watched “Everybody loves Raymond”
I thought I recognized Julie Hagerty. (I worked with her uncle Ken, a mechanical engineer, back in the 80’s.)
Yup. The actress many of us remember from the 80’s spoof movie “Airplane”
Thanks for posting!
Or “Lost in America” with Albert Brooks.
This was great, thanks for posting it.
They actually made “Harrison Bergeron” into a movie (by that name), but it was pretty awful. One of Vonnegut’s best short stories.
I could see that being turned into a full-length movie. Powerful message.
I think Harrison Bergeron is one of Vonnegut’s best works and it may be my favorite short story. I saw the movie and it was horrible. They even tried to hint that the government officials who were imposing all the rules were some type of crypto-Christians imposing their morality on those free-spirited youths (something new for a change).
Idiocracy is more accurate.
The autopilot will always remember her.
Jack Vance has a novel that also points out the absurdity of egalistic statism:
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