February 15th, 2010


Ignorant Bear

This is a two-pronged post. On the one paw I want to admit that I don't know a whole hell of lot about international politics. I want to think that I am a well-informed bear about worldly events, but I am realizing that I don't know shit. This post was supposed to be about some awesome movies that I have recently watched, but then I started to realize that I am woefully ignorant about global politics. I used to pride myself in the fact that I knew more than the average Joe about what was going on in the world, but as I was formulating this post, I realized that I am getting pretty ignorant about what is going on everywhere else on this planet. I tried to name one other president/prime minister around the world, and I just couldn't. I apologize to all of my friends around the world that I don't know as much as I should about their leaders as I should. I am not a xenophobe. I am just a victim of my own popular media that minimizes the importance of governments around he world at the expense of our own political domestically.

What brought this post about is that I have been thoroughly enjoying political movies from abroad. I had no idea of what was going on in other countries in post-WWII Europe. I knew of broad-brushed political dealings, but not the details behind that. Here is a list of films I have watched and enjoyed.

"Il Divo"- This movie is up for Best Make-up for in this year's Oscars. It details the history of Italy's prime minister, Giulio Andreotti. I had never heard of him before, but I came to realize that he was probably as comparable to Nixon in Italian politics. The only problem with the movie was that I couldn't keep track of who was who. Who was that person who was just assassinated? Was he with the mafia? Was he in the party against the mafia? Was he in the opposition party? Overall it was a very stylish movie. I was pulled into the plot although I didn't know enough of the background.

"The Baader Meinhoff Complex" was nominated for Best Foreign Film last year. It chronicled the rise of the leftist Red Army from an idealistic left-wing organization into a terrorist organization tied with Islamic fundamentalists responsible for the 1972 Olympic massacre in Munich.

"Z" won for Best Foreign Film in 1970 and was actually also nominated for Best Picture. It told the story of the assassination of a leftist activist by the military-controlled Greek government.

I know I shouldn't get my history from movies, but dramatic recreations of historical events can be hugely entertaining if done properly. I need to better acquaint myself with proper world history.