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    Magic Kingdom: The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales

    CAPITALISM: The higher one climbs the ladder, the more obscured the view below becomes.

    At the beginning of Abigail E. Disney and Kathleen Hughes’s provocatively titled The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales, a recent last-minute addition to this year’s online Sundance, the co-director with the globally famous last name describes the feeling as if she’d been born with a «weird superpower» she’d never asked for. Yet this granddaughter of fantasyland royalty – specifically Roy, who Disney describes as the business-minded Jiminy Cricket to his brother Walt’s dreaming Pinocchio – also admits to feeling a bit like a «goldfish.» A childhood in which trips to «the park» were routine was just part of the water that the now sexagenarian activist filmmaker swam in. It’s a terrifically astute assertion. A reminder that the higher up in the economic ladder one climbs (or is birthed into), the more obscured the view below. And the more insulated one becomes from . . .

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    Lauren Wissot
    A US-based film critic and journalist, filmmaker and programmer.
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