697. The Saint Inspector – Mike Booth

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SUMMARY: A saintly figure in a state of pious bliss is inspected by a robotic bureaucrat.

WHY IT’S HERE: Mike Booth’s stop-motion short ‘The Saint Inspector’ is a wonderful five minute short which at first seems to criticise bureaucratic interference with anything and everything, no matter how sacred they are to the individual. However, with its unexpected final image it becomes something more; a criticism of how religions themselves have become as regimented and coldly reproduced as the official attentions they endure. While this image gives the film more weight, for the most part it plays out as an amusing but disturbing depiction of the intrusive attentions of a probing state.

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