george clooney meet dusan makavejev: hollywood clown to yugoslavian art-movie satirist. clooney's dismal new comedy the men who stare at goats makes it essential to re-learn what good political satire means. there's no richer example than makavejev's films, and three of them are now packaged in criterion's dvd box set, dusan makavejev: free radical.

clooney's among those media stars who presume that having liberal biases make them radicals but such specious political films as clooney's unintelligible syriana, the dull, dishonest goodnight and good luck, the cynical michael clayton and now the atrocious goats were made under pampered conditions unlike when makevejev subverted yugoslavia's state-controlled film system with a series of clever, probing social comedies in the 1960s.