The Dark Knight Rises (12A)

The Dark Knight Rises

From the archive

This film was last shown on 28 June 2018

Dark Knight Rises is about the restoration of hierarchy and order following up a nihilistic resurrection by Gotham City's underclass under Bane's leadership. Characterised variously as a 'fascistic masterpiece' or a 'right-wing blockbuster', the film raises deep issues about social order, the nature of political rule and the justification of hierarchy. Is crashing Bane's nihilistic and short-lived Reign of Terror a reactionary fantasy or, rather, a critique of the idea that the only thing that can justify contemporary political orders is fear of the uncontrollable masses?    

Christopher Nolan
165 mins


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