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Masked and Anonymous

This is a great circus/carnival of a political film. It stars Bob Dylan as Jack Fate, a once-upon-a-time bigger-than-life protest singer who’s been languishing in prison for years under the banana republic dictatorship his fictional country is under. He’s suddenly released so that he can do a live fundraiser and … well most of it is too surrealistic and symbolic to really try and explain in writing.

Also aboard are John Goodman as the impresario putting on the show who’s got ulterior motives to his ulterior motives, and a host of great cameos — this segment has just a few of them.

Here’s a clip that gives a good flavor of just that. Watch at about 2:45 when the band launches into a version of “Dixie” that, in the context of the movie, resonates like a protest song.

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