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 Posted: Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 04:15 am
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Martin H

 

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Few movies strike me as so all of a piece as Slumdog Millionaire, and I can't quite see how you can cherry-pick and say there are marvelous things in it but they add up to a big lie. The dance-video ending isn't stand-alone, it  subtly reprises the opening scene in which the slum children run with glee along the knife edge of peril. The way the story develops is the work of the filmmakers and the novelist whose work this was originally, but the newspaper story it's based on is factual. The ending is as grim on one level and joyous on another as anything that led up to it; and the irony and sophistication of its reading of class, exploitation and the easy cohabitation of gangsterism and the global economy strikes me as impeccable. (Seriously, did Brecht ever come up with an image as symbolically charged as Salim's death in a bathtub full of paper bills?)