STF: Videocracy

In Italy one man has influenced the content of commercial television like no one else. For over three decades, as a TV magnate and then as Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi has created a perfect system of TV entertainment and politics. His TV channels, known for their over-exposure of almost naked girls and chauvinistic tone, are seen by many as a mirror to his own taste and personality. In the excellent Videocracy, director Erik Gandini returns to his homeland to explore an experiment that Italians have been subjected to for 30 years. With incredible access to Berlusconi’s inner circle, he unveils a remarkable story, borne out of the terrifying reality of TV republic Italy, a country where the step from showgirl to Minister for Gender Equality is only natural.

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