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The Truman Show is a profoundly disturbing movie On the surface it deals with the worn out issue of the intermingling of life and the media Examples for such incestuous relationships abound Ronald Reagan the cinematic president was also a presidential movie star In another movie The Philadelphia Experiment a defrosted Rip Van Winkle exclaims upon seeing Reagan on television 40 years after his forced hibernation started I know this guy he used to play Cowboys in the movies Candid cameras monitor the lives of webmasters website owners almost 24 hours a day The resulting images are continuously posted on the Web and are available to anyone with a computer The last decade witnessed a spate of films all concerned with the confusion between life and the imitations of life the media The ingenious Capitan Fracasse Capricorn One Sliver Wag the Dog and many lesser films have all tried to tackle this unfortunate state of things and its moral and practical implications The blurring line between life and its representation in the arts is arguably the main theme of The Truman Show The hero Truman lives in an artificial world constructed especially for him He was born and raised there He knows no other place The people around him unbeknownst to him are all actors His life is monitored by 5000 cameras and broadcast live to the world 24 hours a day every day He is spontaneous and funny because he is unaware of the monstrosity of which he is the main cogwheel But Peter Weir the movies director takes this issue one step further by perpetrating a massive act of immorality on screen Truman is lied to cheated deprived of his ability to make choices controlled and manipulated by sinister half-mad Shylocks As I said he is unwittingly the only spontaneous non-scripted actor in the on-going soaper of his own life All
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