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The Truman Show 1998 a film written by Andrew Niccol and directed by Peter Weir is a dark comedy that can be viewed as an allegory for our time The narrative concerns Truman Burbank Jim Carrey who is adopted at birth by a giant corporation Truman is then raised on a huge sound stage and everyone in his world relatives friends the people on the street are actors playing a specific role His life is broadcast live 24 hours a day The whole monstrous fabrication is paid for by advertising that is surreptitiously hidden in the dialogue by the actors Sharpe 121 The only person in the world who doesnt know that his Disney-esque 1950s style life is a fake is Truman Pulling the strings in this charade is the Truman Shows director the enigmatic Christof Ed Harris who exudes an air of smug calm that surely must have come from many sessions with a yoga instructor or similar spiritual advisor Allen 20 However Christofs attitude is not the calm of compassion At the center of Christofs being is not a compassionate view of humanity but rather a ravenous hunger to manipulate and control Allen 20 As one reviewer pointed out Christof is an empty vessel and Ed Harris performance of this individual shows how completely frightening a shallow person can be Allen 20 Christof sits above god-like in the main control room of the huge enclosed sound stage that is Trumans hometown of Seahaven which resembles the moon If Christof is seen as the god of this tiny world he is not a compassionate deity but rather like the gods of Mount Olympus he manipulates the world below him for his own purposes Christof looks on Truman with a great deal of fondness and obviously considers himself to be Trumans real parent However this parenting - which is performed by Christof -- never takes into consideration the spiritual emotional or psychological needs of Truman
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