Video Review: Men Without Hats “The Safety Dance”

Ivan, an English peasant and a jester make their way through an overgrown field. Ivan points to a rock and there, they shout to the villagers. A young woman smiles and dances with the jester. She follows them into the village. Morris dancers perform near the bridge.

The young woman waves to the family standing on their porch and a dog runs with them. Ivan, the jester and the young woman perform their dance by the fence while the Morris dancers are in the street.

Ivan gestures an “S” over his head while in the street. Around the Maypole, children hold the rope and skip. The jester plays the ukulele as Ivan surveys the festival. At the puppet show, Judy clubs Punch. A man with a chicken head mask taps the jester on the butt. Ivan jumps around. Ivan looks to the sky, bobbing his head back and forth. In black-and-white, leaders are seen with nuclear missiles.

Rating: 5/5

Tradition must be broken. Ivan has been chastised by the noblemen for not participating in local activities. However, it was the start of his own newspaper that led to his censure in the village. His notebook was taken from him and a trial was set. He was told he was printing gossip which was against the law. It was ordered for him to wear the Scold’s Bridle.

During the Midsummer Festival, Ivan and his friend, the jester decide to protest. Ivan shouts to the villagers as he walks down the street that freedom is necessary and they can fight back against the draconian government. A young blonde woman joins them and wants to help their cause. Many of her friends have been determined guilty due to their slow healing wounds.

He observes as the children skip without a care and looks out for his friend, the jester, who is being tracked by a man with a chicken head for a costume. The world has to change. People must be free to think. He gazes at the sky, fearful for the future.

Director: Tim Pope Year: 1983

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her poetry has been published in the White Wall Review and 45 Magazine.

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