[Marxism] Critique of "Hunger"

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Apr 28 08:54:46 MDT 2009

McQueen has a topical hope that the film will help in the understanding 
of how ‘idealism’ makes martyrs. He could not be more wrong. It is not 
idealism that makes martyrs, but politics. He is afraid that the past 
will steal its scene, for the present that has reconfigured the past 
remains haunted by what is eliminated. McQueen has made a film on ‘the 
troubles’ that manages to eliminate the presence of the British Army, 
leaving only Margaret Thatcher’s disembodied voice. What would he 
disappear from a film about the Gulf War?

full: http://www.metamute.org/en/content/hungry_ghost

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