Sunday, July 15, 2007

V for Vendetta

Isn't it amazing how a movie (or novel) can transcend times, settings, genres, characters--when the themes are timeless? Note the graphic novel from which the hit film came was a response to the right wing social, economic and foreign policies of Britain's "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher some 25 years ago. As I sit here contemplating the Bush Administration's ebb at home and abroad, I think it's time to don that mask, hat and twirl those knives. Something to think about this Sunday.

"Good evening, London. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine- the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, thereby those important events of the past usually associated with someone's death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, a celebration of a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this November the 5th, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. Last night I sought to end that silence. Last night I destroyed the Old Bailey, to remind this country of what it has forgotten. More than four hundred years ago a great citizen wished to embed the fifth of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives. So if you've seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you then I would suggest you allow the fifth of November to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me one year from tonight, outside the gates of Parliament, and together we shall give them a fifth of November that shall never, ever be forgot."


Anonymous said...

Yes but who would "our" symbol be? They had Guy Fawkes. Oh, I get it--how about Nat Turner?! ;-)

Lisa said...

I read that excerpt and the contemporary, real life American parallels are interesting. But I guess you'd be sued by DC Comics if you did "N for Nat's Revenge." Very cool mask idea would be Avery Brooks, and you could digitally recreate his voice. I like his more so than James Earl Jones' or Dennis Haybert's.

For your gunpowder plot, may I suggest John Roberts, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas--next time they are all in the men's room? Just kidding FBI!!! Gracious.

In any event thanks for the entertainment tonight and I am eagerly awaiting the Cora Daniels interview.

Anonymous said...

I adore V for Vendetta - the novel. The movie did not do it justice (no, this it not unusual). I will read it again soon.

I want the "Evie" to be Kerry Washington. The movie has to have the neocoons: Cheney, Feith, Wolfowitz

Anonymous said...

My sentiments exactly!!!