Perfect Leader (1983)

The first in a series of social satire pieces, a powerful computer creates the perfect political candidate and, in the process, director Max Almy presents an alternative take on political image making and marketing. This topic is worked through via a combination of live action, audio and video special effects, an original soundtrack, and a heavy dose of omnipotent computer animation.

Perfect Leader shows that ideology is the product and power is the payoff. The process of political imagemaking and the marketing of a candidate is revealed, as an omnipotent computer manufactures the perfect candidate, offering up three political types: Mr. Nice Guy, an evangelist, and an Orwellian Big Brother. Behind the candidates, symbols of political promises quickly degenerate into icons of oppression and nuclear war.

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