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Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y

Discussion in 'News' started by [email protected]#$%, Mar 14, 2005.

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    [email protected]#$% Moderator Crew

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    dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y
    by Johan Grimonprez

    Buckle up for DIAL H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, the acclaimed hijacking documentary that eerily foreshadowed 9-11. We meet the romantic skyjackers who fought their revolutions and won airtime on the passenger planes of the 1960's and 1970Õs. By the 1990's, such characters were apparently no more, replaced on our TV screens by stories of anonymous bombs in suitcases.

    Director Johan Grimonprez investigates the politics behind this change, at the same time unwrapping our own complicity in the urge for ultimate disaster. Playing on Don DeLillo's riff in his novel Mao II: "what terrorists gain, novelists lose" and "home is a failed idea", he blends archival footage of hijackings with surreal and banal themes, including fast food, pet statistics, disco, and his quirky home movies. David Shea composed the superb soundtrack to this free fall through history, best described in the words of one hijacked Pepsi executive as "running the gamut of many emotions, from surprise to shock to fear, to joy, to laughter, and then again, fear."


    i saw this docu in the Stedjlik Modern Art Museum in Amsterdam
    really amazing.

    footage from the earliest hijackings is almost unreal.
    they show terrorists calmly helping placid white men, women and children off planes and onto runways, where they are protected from any dangers. the people are laughing and smiling and in generally good spirits. the terrorists did some graffiti on the sides of the planes about no to zionism imperialism and israel, then they blow the planes up with no harm to anyone..

    then more footage is shown of the reaction to this tactic, people are confused as to the banality of simply blowing up empty planes. ..

    as more footage bits continue, we witness the escalating violence and exhibition of each hijacking; put on for the media and the people of the world, constantly hungering for a more spectacular demonstration of violence to command their attention.


    "Exceptional for its juice, its jazzy compelling fusion of social and aesthetic issues, and its stomach-churning power."
    - The New York Times

    "A sense of urgency and a wrenching emotional attack."
    - The Times (London)

    "Each cut turns a screw deeper until your mind hurts."
    - San Francisco Bay Guardian

    "An eccentric, roller coaster ride through history."
    - Time Out

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    i'll be checkin' for that, thank's for the heads up.
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    [email protected]#$% Moderator Crew

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    it's rare for me to be so captivated by video art in an art museum, that i will sit still and watch the entire thing.

    this thing had me engrossed...and it was not short.
    apparently it was made quite awhile ago.
  4. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

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    there was one guy who hijack a plane from Winnipeg to Toronto
    and took it to cuba. He was unarmed and let everyone get off the
    plane in Toronto before making the plane fly south. The man
    returned to the States years later and became a college professor.
    He was eventually busted because of a google seach.

    POIESIS Member

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    what's a google seach?
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    [email protected]@N Senior Member

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    Well, when a man and a website love each other very much...
  7. fatalist

    fatalist Dirty Dozen Crew

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    sounds intresting, can't wait to peep it

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    Æ° Senior Member

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    I just found this on eMule, downloading now.
  10. villain

    villain Veteran Member

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    I'm gonna have to check this out sometime.

    At first I thought this was about that x-files spin off "The Lone Gunman" pilot episode that showed the dang plane controlled remotely crashing into the twin towers...
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    Æ° Senior Member

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    I just finished watching this and learned a lot from it, I had no idea what the history of hijacking was composed of and what purpose it served for the pioneers.

    You can tell they were trying to go the artsy route when making the film, as opposed to a straight up overflow of information. But I can appreciate how it was all put together, and I did enjoy it.

    and I have a crush on Rima Tannous Eissa now. :heartbeat:

    pretty in a jail cell, now that's gifted