Monday, July 03, 2006

Max Stirner Wears Prada

Movie Review from Marginal Revolution on The Devil Wears Prada.

The irony in the title made it worth the read. Then I came across the name of Max Stirner. A young Hegelian along with Marx. The father of individualist anarchism.

Of course Meryl Streep is playing the ultimate egoist.

Yet the reviewer associates Anna Hathaway the assistant as the source of individualist rebellion and real egoism. The lowely, the worker, the slave by any other name, she who must ob ey, as did Stirner. Bravo.

The Devil Wears Prada -- a Straussian interpretation

Make no mistake about it, this is a movie about sheer power lust. It is a movie of how that lust can be cloaked or shifted to another sphere but never denied. Never bottled up. Never stopped. It is a delicious tale of social intrigue, ambition, class, and how much clothes really do matter. And to take sweet Anne Hathaway -- remember the wonderful but underrated Ella Enchanted?-- and have her play Max Stirner -- that is a mark of genius.

And then there is this wonderfully bitchy review which ends with

God. People who think fashion industry girls' lives are just like the movies are so wrong. Those who really live this way are actually thinner, meaner, and don't need labels to feel important. Hello, their daddies can totally buy and sell most people's entire family.

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