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Film / Revolution (1967)

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Revolution is a 1967 short directed by Peter Greenaway. It is only eight minutes long.

The premise seems to be about a crowd of marching British protesters protesting for a number of reasons. It seems that the protesters want better wages for workers, they are against violence, they want the U.K. to look after its own interests, and to protest against the Vietnam War (implied by one sign mentioning the National Liberation Front or Viet Cong).


For other works by this name, see Revolution.

This film contains examples of:

  • Burning the Flag: At one point, the protesters burn the flag of England.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The short is in black and white. It had to be a deliberate choice, because colour in films had become the norm by the 1960s.
  • Patriotic Fervor: This is going through the protesters, because one sign says "U.K. 51st State Of U.S.", and the U.K. would never willingly become a U.S. state.
  • Waving Signs Around: The crowd of protesters are carrying a lot of signs. The signs say things about how wages shouldn't be cut, the U.K. shouldn't be the 51st state of the U.S., and other topics such as Communism and National Liberation Front (Viet Cong).