The first of many disconcerting moments in Daniel Lombroso’s White Noise gives us a good look at the glee of Trump’s Alt-Right supporters following his unexpected victory in 2016. The enthusiasm generated that night does not bode well; what will extremists’ reaction in 2020 be if Trump loses or charges into a battle mode? The documentary is the first production of the Atlantic, a publication that has contributed some of the year’s best political writing. This is also the first film for Lombroso, the Jewish American grandson of two Holocaust survivors, who is a journalist and former staff producer for the magazine. He followed three early stars of the Alt-Right Movement for four years: Richard Spencer, Mike Cernovich, and Lauren Southern. In contrast to the Sieg Heil madness and bad haircuts of the mob in the opening sequence, these profiles offer a slicker frame of reference on the racist right. This is the first detailed look, on film, of these figureheads. Uncomfortable as White Noise is to watch, these personalities thrive in the muddy heart of America, whether we like it or not. Continue Reading ...
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