High concept satire is a term with many definitions. For example, you could say they are satirical films with a unique premise that move toward a conclusion using their own special logic. It is a little clearer to say they are “What if” films with a satirical subject. What if an insurance salesman suddenly discovers his life is a television show (The Truman Show)? What if a low-life television producer acquires a new program that takes over his mind (Videodrome)? And so on.
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- The Square (2017) (Review In Thinking Cinema 11/3/17) http://www.thinkingcinema.com/film-review-the-square/
- Thank You For Smoking (Article In Thinking Cinema 11/3/17) http://www.thinkingcinema.com/film-appreciation-thank-you-for-smoking/
- The Truman Show (1998) (Article in Thinking Cinema 7/20/17) http://www.thinkingcinema.com/film-appreciation-the-truman-show/
- Brazil (1985)
- Videodrome (1983) (Article In Thinking Cinema 5/15/15) http://www.thinkingcinema.com/film-appreciation-videodrome/
- Network (1976)
- Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964)
- The Great Dictator (1940)
- À Nous La Liberté (1931)