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Dan Dinello

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781999334024

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781999334024.001.0001

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Conclusion: State of Emergency

Conclusion: State of Emergency

(p.123) 7. Conclusion: State of Emergency
Children of Men

Dan Dinello

Liverpool University Press

This chapter reviews Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men as a radical film that centralizes criticism of racism, xenophobia, white nationalism, and corporate technology. It examines how Children of Men subverts the conservative politics of the global capitalist entertainment industry by co-opting and castigating the system that produced it. It also points out how Children of Men does not derive its politics from its production context, but rather from the values it urges through its story and style. The chapter discusses Alfonso Cuarón's exploitation of mainstream mechanisms of the multinational entertainment machine by acceding to some mass audience expectations. It analyses the political importance and human value of Cuarón's artistry that is fortified through the vision of Albert Camus and his conception of fascism.

Keywords:   Alfonso Cuarón, Children of Men, racism, xenophobia, white nationalism, corporate technology, conservative politics

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