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Film: Tilda (Swinton) Told Me

By Henry P. Raleigh
ART TIMES July 2015 Online

Tilda Swinton told me

I have had for several years now a secret shame- I like “Idiocracy.” Maybe you won’t admit to it either - you know, the 2006 film directed by Mike Judge and featuring Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph. Surely any right-minded, high-principled critic wouldn’t, shouldn’t like “Idiocracy”. A film playing on the notion that stupid people reproduce faster and in greater number than smart people so a future world, the setting for this film, may be populated solely by stupid people. Here then is an easy paradise for in-your-face, never ending stupid jokes, stupidity on a colossal scale. Yet I have it on a bootlegged disc concealed in a copy of Pascal’s Pensees and will run it when no one is looking. Well it has been this way until I found out that Tilda Swinton considers “Idiocracy” one of her most favorite films, has called it incredibly witty, performances outstanding and ranks it right up there with Fellini’s “Ginger and Fred” and Lindsay Anderson’s “Britannia Hospital.” So if anyone as tall, as British and as classy and as cool as Tilda Swinton says it’s OK you can bet it’s OK with me, too.