Seize The Day – Pandora’s Box – tape 1527

First on this tape, Seize the Day, a film starring Robin Williams based on a novel by Saul Bellow.

It’s very dour.

Williams is a salesman who’s not as successful as everyone else seems to think he should be, so he’s unhappy all the time.

His girlfriend is Glenne Headley.

Also appearing are Jerry Stiller

Tony Roberts

and William Hickey.

I would not recommend this film if you want a Robin Williams film to cheer you up. He’s a loser at the start, he loses everything under the influence of Jerry Stiller, and ends up sobbing at a stranger’s funeral. I think I want to kill myself.

After this, recording switches to BBC2 and Pandora’s Box: The League of Gentlemen. It’s a series by Adam Curtis, who would gain his greatest fame with The Power of Nightmares, and it follows his template of taking archive footage and weaving a narrative about history.

This one is about economics, and how economic theory has been used not as a science to understand and predict the economy, but as a political tool to enact political ends, especially with Margaret Thatcher’s use of monetarism to reduce the power of the working person.

As a woolly liberal, it’s a thesis I can’t help agreeing with. I’ve always thought economics is closer to s pseudoscience than an actual science.

It’s very interesting, and it’s available in full on the BBC website.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 12th August 1993 – 21:30

After this, there’s a trailer for the World Athletics Championship, and for The Wexford Trilogy: Belfry.

Then, the tape ends during an episode of Newsnight, leading with the Balkan conflit.

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