Kim Jong-il's Funeral Was A Lesson In Filmmaking

12/28/2011 11:13 am ET | Updated Feb 27, 2012

The grand long shots - cars with flashing lights, giant picture of the Dear Deceased carried like the Ark of the Covenant, jack-boot soldiers - were intercut with intimate shots. The grieving son, head bowed, eyes down, hand on the car carrying the coffin and then weeping faces in the crowd.

Those who have followed Kim Jong-il's career shouldn't be surprised by the cinematic influences.