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Film 101: The Truman Show

1998 | Drama | Dir. Peter Weir


An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a T.V. show.


A man who has unknowingly lived his entire life as the star of a television show wants to break out of his sheltered existence. We’ll discuss the dawn of reality TV and the reality star and the star’s relationship to an artificial world. We’ll also return to the ways movies tell “the truth” of television.

About Film 101: Behind the Scenes:

One of cinema’s great subjects is filmmaking itself. That might seem narcissistic, but behind-the-scenes films are a great way to figure out how movies work. In these five films, we’ll examine some of the great “movie-movies” of all time. We’ll consider both how these films work and how these moviemakers think they work. We’ll pay special attention to the star-making process, and to the question of how film thinks about its media “rivals” like radio and television.