I am sure it is not just me who feels that the Olympic opening ceremony looks like "The Triumph Of The Will", the infamous film of the 1934 Nazi Nuremberg Conference.
The scenes of children marching in lines, eulogising the flag and the party, everyone in the stadium organised to stand and applaud at the right times. Jack booted soldiers marching with a high kick step (like Basil Fawlty's famous impression of the German's in Fawlty Towers) as they carry the flag aloft, and most bizarre of all children standing with their right hand aloft in what appeared to be a sort of Nazi salute as the Chinese flag was raised.
I saw "The Triumph of The Will" at university when studying The Third Reich, and the similarities are chilling in that 75 years on a government still seeks to control, organise, co-ordinate and subjugate in this way.
I know that all opening ceremonies have a high degree of co-ordination, but this takes it to new highs. Aside from the Nazi salutes, goosestepping soldiers and the co-ordinated applause, perhaps the most odd was the way that children dressed in ethnic dress walked in with the Chinese flag, supposedly symbolising the different ethnic groups that made up China. For me, it just showed all the ethnic groups oppressed by the Chinese Communist Party who seek to stamp out ethnic ways and make everyone ethnic Chinese.