A film called “Reality” on celebrity and simulated environments

Image from film RealityIn my book I discuss “The Truman Show” (in Chapter Seven) as a commentary on the simulated environments of contemporary life.   Now there is a more recent film, “Reality,” on the same topic.  “Reality” has far less depth and complexity than “The Truman Show.”   However its setting in Naples, Italy, underscores the jarring attractions of plastic environments, reality TV, and celebrity status in contrast to the simplicity and relative poverty of actual life  –the juxtaposition of the present Italian past with the plastic future.  These visual contrasts between an ancient city and the newer simulated environments are poignant and compelling, begging us to ask, among other things, whether celebrity is the new religion?   And do we want that new religion?