Punishment Park
Punishment Park
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Peter Watkins' 1971 masterpiece of dystopian filmmaking has aged frighteningly well--its scathing indictment of authoritative government has proven horribly relevant in our post-9/11 world. Framed as a pseudo-documentary, the film explores the potential ramifications of a 1950 Security Act that enables political prisoners to be held without rights in military concentration camps. Herded together for a march through the burning Californian desert, a ragtag band of leftist dissidents realize that the deck has been stacked brutally against them. "This is satire of the most intimately powerful sort" (The Peter Watkins---USA---1971---88 mins.

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