V for Vendetta

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V For Vendetta: From Graphic Novel (by Alan Moore) to Hollywood Film

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"One of the things I objected to in the recent film ... recasting it as current American neo-conservatism vs. current American liberalism. There wasn't a mention of anarchy as far as I could see." - Alan Moore

"The capitalists not only rule by carrot and gun but by making popular forms carry imperialist messages." - Amiri Baraka

"Its no surprise that a film produced by multi-millionaires at Time-Warner, the largest media conglomerate the world has ever seen (revenues last year of over $43 billion) would sell us the sizzle of violence and destruction while holding back the steak of anarchist opposition to capitalism. But it is worth taking a look at the differences between the book and the movie to see the specific ways they drain the story of its revolutionary politics."


"Most importantly, in the comic book, Moore'ss V hints at the possibilities of a society organized without coercion. V is not only fighting against something, he is fighting FOR something. The constructive side of the anarchist vision is already downplayed in the comic book, but it is totally missing from the movie ... The viewer is left with a vague impression, however stirring, of rebellion tinged with nihilism. No alternative is proposed.' ... But the comic's clear-eyed presentation of fascism as a collusion between government and business elites to protect private capital is lost. In the movie, we are presented with an oppressive government, but its seems to be an oppression for oppression's own sake.