Before Back Nord, these films became references to the far right

Before Back Nord, these films became references to the far right

Is there a better popular reference to convey a political message? On this Tuesday, February 2, the Alliance Police Syndicate, at the Club de l’Étoile in Paris, presented Bac Nord before a “big presidential oral” about the daily life of the police, in which Valérie Pecresse and Eric Zemmour, Marine Le Pen and Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, participated in, On behalf of Emmanuel Macron “not the candidate but the semi-candidate.”

According to the Right Syndicate, Cedric Jimenez’s film faithfully represents the reality of the police on the ground, and should therefore inspire political measures that are proportional to the excessive violence and impunity of the dealers in this fantasy. After contacting HuffPost, the director confirmed that he had not been consulted about the show, and regretted that ” The unfortunate political recovery “He didn’t do that.” Do not condone, quite the contrary ».

During the Back Nord show in Cannes, Cedric Jimenez was very clear on the subject: “ I hope Marine Le Pen doesn’t pass thanks to me, that would upset meIt is to explain. On the contrary, with the film I tried to effectively talk about the areas that face great difficulties. Who could really seem hostile? But I don’t think we have to settle this with a radical vote like Marine Le Pen, not at all (…) It is clear that the police deal with drug dealers and criminals and not all residents of the northern regions. It’s a point of view, it’s an angle. But I don’t think the film exists to denounce the areas of lawlessness and to provoke outrage, quite the contrary. »

Cited as an illustrative example of the situation in the suburbs by Valérie Pecres, Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour, however, Buck Nord has already become an important reference for the right – radical or not – on which he now relies to justify repressive rhetoric. relentless. The 2021 box office ticket adds to the cultural landscape of these political families, already rich in numerous cinematic references. Here are some examples.

Matrix, Lana Wachowski and Lily Wachowski, 1999

« fuck you both In 2020, Lily Wachowski, co-director of The Matrix, sent this message on Twitter to Ivanka Trump and Elon Musk, who had congratulated themselves on “being exposed to red looting.” The symbolism of the “red pill” surrounding this San Francisco memorial has escaped Entirely from its authors. In far-right circles, the famous pill already represents the awakening of political consciousness, and a return to reality clearly means a break from the dogmas of “right thinking”. In a famous scene from The Matrix, the main character, Neo, must either” Choose the blue pill ” And ” Sweet dream By remaining captive to the computer simulation by disguising his true state as slaves, or choosing the “red pill”. In this case, it is Survival in Wonderland ” And ” Go down with the white rabbit to the bottom of the abyss ».

This sign first appeared in masculine and conspiratorial circles, and gradually became, on the Internet, a simple way to categorize books, films, series, characters, etc., as well as a rallying point for the reactionary camp. This is for example the case of “patriotic” TikTokeuse Estelle Redpill, an influencer who had 116,000 subscribers before her account was deleted.

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Fight Club, David Fincher, 1999

The following monologue, given by character Tyler Durden in the film based on Chuck Palahniuk’s novel, seems to literally express the frustration of the American alt-right: I see here the strongest and smartest men I have ever seen; I see all this potential, and I see it wasted. I see an entire generation working at gas pumps, serving in restaurants, or being the slave of a little boss in an office. Advertising has made us chase cars and clothes, and do jobs we hate to pay for crap we don’t need. We, the forgotten children of history, my friends, have no real purpose or place, no great war, no great frustration. Our great war is a spiritual war, and our great gloom is our life. (…) And we are already, really, full of it. »

Rejection of the humiliating consumer society, the claim that masculinity was castrated for a long time by feminist ideas, the search for meaning and inscription in history … it’s all there. No wonder that this story, starting with the organization of secret battles to get to the formation of a terrorist group, inspired those who wanted to storm the US Capitol. The term “snowflake” comes from Fight Club, a term widely used in far-right jargon to designate progressives, “beautiful people” who confuse individuality with morality. ” You are not exceptional, you are not a wonderful and unique snowflake Teacher Tyler Durden says in the movie.

The Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick, 1971

In 2013, polemicist Laurent Oberton released La France Orange Mecanique. Inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s film of gratuitous violence, this title sums up Laurent Oberton’s entire thesis in this book which claims to show the brutality of French society in the 2000s, because ” laxity of justice and Huge l’immigration ».

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The work quickly became Marine Le Pen’s bedside book, and the expression “mechanical orange”, over time, became a qualifier. After a series of diverse events that have particularly shocked public opinion in 2020, we will therefore hear Xavier Bertrand, President of the Hauts de France, confirm: ” It’s summer orange on the clock, with the gratuitous violence that has marked us all. However, this political usage is a far cry from Kubrick’s film message, thinking about good and evil, social satire on psychological conditioning, and observing the social and political alienation of individuals by society.

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