Australian Left Review

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China Shop: Alienated


Michael Conaty


Like most people, I am drawn to certain entertainments, and take pleasure in their unfolding, because I do not know how they will end. Very few people re-watch videos of election night coverage, for instance, because while such entertainment has certain plastic qualities, the colour-coded computer graphics and interviews with sweaty-lipped politicians are subordinate to the result. People read detective novels, not just for the quality of their prose, but from a curiosity to see the mystery solved. A convention of reviewing is that a reviewer should not reveal the ending of an entertainment of this kind. This same convention applies to films.