Ensayo "the truman show" en ingles

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| The Truman Show | |
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|“The Truman Show” is a profoundly disturbing movie. On the surface, it deals with the worn out issue of the intermingling of |
|lifeand the media.  |
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|Examples for such incestuous relationships abound:  |
|Ronald Reagan, the cinematic president was also a presidential movie star. In another movie (“The Philadelphia Experiment”) a |
|defrosted Rip Van Winkle exclaims upon seeing Reagan on television (40 years after his forced hibernation started): “I know |
|this guy, he used to playCowboys in the movies”.  |
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|Candid cameras monitor the lives of webmasters (website owners) almost 24 hours a day. The resulting images are continuously |
|posted on the Web and are availableto anyone with a computer.  |
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|The last decade witnessed a spate of films, all concerned with the confusion between life and the imitations of life, the |
|media. The ingenious “Capitan Fracasse”,“Capricorn One”, “Sliver”, “Wag the Dog” and many lesser films have all tried to |
|tackle this (un)fortunate state of things and its moral and practical implications.  |
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|The blurring line between life and its representation inthe arts is arguably the main theme of “The Truman Show”. The hero, |
|Truman, lives in an artificial world, constructed especially for him. He was born and raised there. He knows no other place. |
|The people around him – unbeknownst to him – are all actors. His life is monitored by 5000 cameras and broadcast live to the |
|world, 24 hours a day, every day. He is spontaneous and funnybecause he is unaware of the monstrosity of which he is the main|
|cogwheel.  |
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|But Peter Weir, the movie’s director, takes this issue one step further byperpetrating a massive act of immorality on screen.|
|Truman is lied to, cheated, deprived of his ability to make choices, controlled and manipulated by sinister, half-mad |
|Shylocks. As I said, he is unwittingly the only spontaneous, non-scripted, “actor” in the on-going soaper of his own life. All|
|the other figures in his life, including his parents, are actors. Hundreds of millionsof viewers and voyeurs plug in to take |
|a peep, to intrude upon what Truman innocently and honestly believes to be his privacy. They are shown responding to various |
|dramatic or anti-climactic events in Truman’s life. That we are the moral equivalent of these viewers-voyeurs, accomplices to |
|the same crimes, comes as a shocking realization to us. We are (live) viewers and they are...
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