This has been on my 'list of films to see' for ages, and by heaven it was worth seeing!
This film is prescient about so much:
- The Human-Machine burning at the stake, revealing a metalic body is pure Terminator.
- Fredersen demonstrates Skype.
- The first use of the Human-Machine is as an 'erotic dancer', setting the pattern we've seen ever since of porn and hi-tech advancing together, intertwined, into the future.
The film is divided up into sections like an opera. We start off with a prelude, then there's an intermezzo. I like that too. After the prelude I paused the DVD and fetched chocolate / coffee bean dragées to eat during the intermezzo. I recommend you do too.
The main idea of the film is that 'the heart must be the mediator between the head and the hands' in the body politic. I take this to mean that capitalism creates wealth most quickly, but it's not distributed fairly. A compromise is to have capitalism, but tax income to fund a citizen's allowance so that everyone can benefit from the wealth that capitalism creates. If it does mean this, then I heartily agree!