We Sleep: On the Enduring Propheticism of John Carpenter's THEY LIVE

John Carpenter’s cult classic THEY LIVE (1988) was certainly a movie for its moment. It’s also quite resonant today…and probably will be for the foreseeable future. — CREDITS Materials: – THEY LIVE (1988) by John Carpenter – THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY (2012) by Sophie Fiennes – “The Making of THEY LIVE” (1988) by Larry Sulkis – “Alamo Drafthouse – THEY LIVE w/ John Carpenter” (June 7, 2011) by Alamo Drafthouse (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAOyt37Mi5I) – “Morning in America” (1984) by Ronald Reagan’s Presidential Reelection Campaign – CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY (2009) by Michael Moore – “Donald Trump Presidential Campaign Announcement” (June 16, 2015) by C-SPAN – “Trump/They Live” T-Shirt Design (“Make America Great Again”) by Mitch O’Connell (http://mitchoconnell.blogspot.ca/2015/09/the-real-donald-trump-revealed-youll-be.html) – “Trump Pledges to Renew American Dream” (November 9, 2016) by Reuters – Coverage of Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan’s Campaign Stop in Danville, VA (September 19, 2012) by CNN – “Wealth Gap” (July 13, 2014) by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfgSEwjAeno) – “Inequality for All: Robert Reich Warns Record Income Gap Is Undermining Our Democracy” (September 13, 2013) by Democracy Now! (https://www.democracynow.org/2013/9/13/inequality_for_all_robert_reich_warns) – “Jobs, But No Homes: Meet the Working Homeless” (March 24th, 2014) by TODAY (http://www.today.com/video/today/54761848) – “Keith David on Being Homeless in THEY LIVE” by Shout! Factory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZ-SsuO0Vzs) – The July 19, 2012, episode of Piers Morgan Live by CNN – “Noam Chomsky: ‘Spending Money is Not Speech’” (March 26, 2014) by Abel Collins (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9uD4bkx-JM) – “43 Million Americans Live in Poverty, Worry About Future” (February 3, 2017) by VOA News (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrvfA5BT63o) – “Lawrence Lessig Talks About the Corrupting Influence of Money on Politics” (March 1, 2011) by KUT Austin (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4GOx4Y3ouM) – “Bill Moyers Essay: The United States of Inequality” (April 11, 2013) by Moyers & Company (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5An1Ek8RVIc) – “Baltimore: ‘This is What Poverty in the US Looks Like'” (March 1, 2017) by BBC News (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qytbhMlXltI) Music: – “Wake Up” by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth from the soundtrack of THEY LIVE — DISCLAIMER: This video essay contains copyrighted material, the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. This material is being used in an effort to advance understanding about the art and craft of filmmaking. I believe this constitutes a “fair use” of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this video essay is distributed without profit for educational use only. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this video essay for purposes of your own that go beyond “fair use,” you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

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