Skip to comments.New "Animal Farm" Targets Capitalism
Posted on 12/28/2013 12:45:25 PM PST by VR-21
Actor Andy Serkis is set to direct an upcoming movie adaptation of George Orwells classic novel Animal Farm. But there will be a slight deviation from the storys original focus: rather than serve as a cautionary tale about Communist totalitarianism, this updated version will address Hollywoods predictable, go-to embodiment of evil, the Darth Vader of our time: corporate greed.
Orwells brilliant allegory Animal Farm was written during World War II as a satire on Soviet Communism (and very nearly wasnt published, critical as it was of our Russian ally). It has since been adapted to film twice, a British animated version in the mid-1950s, in which the ending was altered to be more upbeat for its young audience, and a live-action take in 1999 featuring talking animals with the voices of an all-star cast including Kelsey Grammer, Ian Holm, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Patrick Stewart.
Serkis, known primarily for his role as Golem in the epic Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, and as the ape Caesar in the Planet of the Apes reboots, announced that his version would address the political aspects of the novella, but not as overtly as the previous films: First and foremost, we are not making a film about Communism and Stalinism because if Orwell was writing the story today, he would be talking about other relevant topics like globalization and corporate greed, he explained.
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Orwellian Orwellianism. What will the Hollywood leftist scum think of next?
Stalinists have used 1984, Animal Farm, and Fahrenheit 451 as texts for attacking the Western establishment. This comes as no surprise.
Government is the greediest, most corrupt and murderous force on earth. Corporation only exist at the pleasure and service of government.
Doublethink in action.
Commuism and Stalinism are at play as much today.
Look at the Reds infested in government. Look at how they lie without morals about any damn thing. They have the spirit of Stalinists.
Just because we aren't in the gulags yet doesn't mean that proud terrorists like Bill Ayers wouldn't still like to see the Weather Underground's projected "25 million" killed (those who resist political re-education).
Well of course. Why am I not surprised?
First and foremost, we are not making a film about Communism and Stalinism because if Orwell was writing the story today, he would be talking about other relevant topics like globalization and corporate greed, he explained.
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Seems to me the Pigs in Animal Farm were always changing the posted rules or preaching revisionist histories, too.....
Considering the new author’s aversion to corporate greed, I assume the finished product will be uploaded to YouTube as a free offering.
“Golem” in Lord of the Rings ?? Already the “journalist” shows he’s a clown. . .it’s GOLLUM. . .
Any conservative film maker could easily drive this dreck into laughable oblivion.
Double plus good post. And Sirkis will be working for free.
I think it is fair to do a 1984 type movie on capitalism.
Corporatism like Big government is godless, souless, inhuman, unthinking in pursuit of its goals.
Corporatism wants to command and control but at least it will achieve material wealth even if peoples’s soul’s and spirituality are left wanting.
Big government is after the same thing, command and control, but not only leave’s man’s spiritual side wanting, it also leaves man’s material side wanting as well.
I think Capitalism run amok can be criticized on this level.
And do you believe the practicioners in this case even realize what they're doing?
Somehow, I doubt Serkis even understands his role -- useful idiot -- in all this.
Does he understand that he is, in fact, twisting Orwell into a knot in order to promote Communism and Stalinism?
Does he even know what these things are...???
“We’ll tell you what it’s about, komrad...”
None of them want anything but the destruction of freedom, of constitutional and consevativ values. I wonder how long it will be before critical movies won't be allowed.
First and foremost, we are not making a film about Communism and Stalinism because if Orwell was writing the story today, he would be talking about other relevant topics like globalization and corporate greed, [Serkis] explained.
Serkis was one of the ones that Orwell warned us about.
Not if they're doing it correctly.
Winston sank his arms to his sides and slowly refilled his lungs with air. His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again: and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself. That was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word doublethink involved the use of doublethink.
Hollywood will become irrelevant in the not too distant future, for a variety of reasons.
Might as well trash two British authors at one time...
We will tell you what Orwell would have thought!
Golem in Lord of the Rings ?? Already the journalist shows hes a clown. . .its GOLLUM. . .”
It amazes me that these people will never see government greed and manipulation.
Golem in Lord of the Rings ?? Already the journalist shows hes a clown. . .its GOLLUM. . .
Uuuuuh Let’s see...this bird treats us to his opinion ....’which are like a-holes, Gully boy, everybody ‘s got one ...some have ‘em on both ends....bwahahah’
“if Orwell was writing the story today, he would be talking about other relevant topics like globalization and corporate greed,
The reason capitalism is “running amok” as you say is that govt is controlling it more and more.
It is not capitalism that is the problem...it is big govt. We need more not less capitalism.
Hey a$$hole... you and the movie studio planning on giving the few dollars you make on this obamanation to the masses?
I don’t consider ‘corporatism’ and capitalism to be the same thing, and there’s certainly no dearth of films in existence or in the making which are critical of both for that matter. I guess my objection to this is the revision of a work that was intended specifically to be critical of Soviet style totalitarianism. I haven’t seen the new film of course nor would I, but I have little doubt that it’s intent is to distort Orwells message. Frankly, like a few other commenters have pointed out, what Serkis is attempting to do is somewhat Orwellian itself.
The fact is they should not call it “Animal Farm” because it will have nothing to do with the original work. Saying its the story he “would have” done now is ludicrous to the extreme.
I agree with you that I wouldn’t want the message of ANIMAL FARM distorted. My objection was to people complaining about a movie they probably didn’t see. Scorese’s movie is over-the-top, of course, but so is the greed and sleaze which he is portraying.
I agree with you GeronL, though I would use the word ‘sinister’ instead of ‘ludicrous.’
I understand your point Grania, and I’m assuming that you’re referring to the Wolf of Wall St. film. Few would argue that greed and sleeze are things to be disdained, but I for one would like to see more material about the sleaze and greed of the modern American political class (to include media and academia) and the present cultural elite (like Hollywood). That might balance things out a bit, and perhaps conservatives would then not be so suspicious of the motives behind everything that comes out of Hollywood. Happy New Year to you and yours.
Michael Moore would be perfect for the part if the pig. Storyline is that the pig made a personal fortune making movies demonizing capitalism, and sold a crock of socialism sh*t to the stupid jackasses that pay to see this pile coming to a theater near you!!!
But, somehow, I doubt Serkis has Winston's grasp of the dialectic...
Who raised you, hippies? No corporation can lawfully make you patronize them. They can’t force you patronize, they can’t levy taxes or fines against you or deprive you of you liberty. A government can do all that.
Good post. The evil corporations guys look at the symptom, not the cause. Without an overweening government to make them huge and suppress competition, without an overweening government to provide guns and police support, without an overweening government to bail them out when they are going broke, they are just another corporation. If the government doesn’t have the power to make it worth buying them off, they don’t get bought off.
“Capitalism run amok can be criticized on this level.”
Capitalism has a hard time running amok without active participation from a government.
So Sméagol/Gollum supports Marxist-Leninism by rewriting one of its most devastating critiques.
Yeah, let’s how those greedy Hollywood capitalists! Nobody go to their movies!! Nobody buy their DVDs or watch on Netflix. Crush the Hollywood capitalists!
Anyone who wishes to know what Animal Farm is about need only read it. There isn't anything ambiguous about it. And unless Serkis is channeling Orwell through a Ouija board he probably isn't the most reliable source on what Orwell would have written, especially in the face of what he did write. Idiot.
“Anyone who wishes to know what Animal Farm is about need only read it. There isn’t anything ambiguous about it.”
Absolutely; it is written so a child could understand it.
One of the influences that is downplayed in Orwell’s writing is his personal experience in the Spanish Civil War. He supported the leftist government by joining the anarchists, and a year later watched them get murdered by their communist brothers in arms in the “civil war within a civil war”. He described the unreal propaganda of the left (describing victories where there hadn’t even been battles, and burying/omitting defeats that boded ill for the future of the left), and he quickly realized that they had no moral high ground in comparison to the military coup.