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The Corporation

(DVD - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Corporation


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The Corporation charts the spectacular rise of the corporation as a dramatic, pervasive presence in our everyday lives. With a deft mix of humor, visual panache and seriousness, this documentary is a timely, entertaining critique of global conglomerates.
Title: The corporation
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] :, Zeitgeist Films,, c2005.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (145 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on "The corporation : the pathological pursuit of profit and power" by Joel Bakan.
Special features: Q's and A's (i.e., Qs and As): video interviews with the filmmakers from radio TV and theaters; Janeane Garofolo interviews writer Joel Bakan (from Air America's Majority Report); two filmmaker audio commentaries; Grassroots marketing presentation; eight deleted scenes; trailer.
True/False Film Fest entry, 2004.
Summary: The Corporation charts the spectacular rise of the corporation as a dramatic, pervasive presence in our everyday lives. With a deft mix of humor, visual panache and seriousness, this documentary is a timely, entertaining critique of global conglomerates.
Audience: Not rated.
Local Note: 1 2
Branch Call Number: DVD 338.74 COR
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Report This Mar 20, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Pretty good movie, as Bakan's book was pretty good, but the best understanding of this is to be gotten from an economist like Michael Perelman (The Invention of Capitalism). Corporations, today in America, are simply institutionalized mayhem and murder as corporations from oil companies, softdrink companies and Big Agra routinely hire assassins to murder labor organizers and protestors. (Important to understand that it is no coincidence that London is the speculators capital of the world, while the oldest continuous existing corporation is the City of London Corporation.) And the ultimate corporation? The major banks which have concentrated ownership of the rest of the major corporations!

Ten years I've had to wait to see this. The content is worth seeing, but we might need new copies of the DVDs due to wear and tear.

Report This Aug 26, 2013
  • Westcoastred rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It can be a bit dry in places but I totally recommend it to everyone. I watched it over the course of a couple nights. It really is a message that must get out to everyone!!

Report This Aug 20, 2013
  • veganboy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fairly sterile way to throw ALOT of information at you, but it gets the job done. I now understand that "conspiracy-theorist" kid back when I was younger. This 2-disc Special Edition, with hours of extra stuff is the one to watch. We are the 99%......

Report This May 03, 2011
  • eastvanbookfan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this movie. Good selection of people speaking about the topics. Hope they show this movie to kids in school. The second disc is also a treasure trove of information and interviews, IMO.

Report This Aug 31, 2009
  • protectionspells rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a very thorough and profound look at the evolution of corporations and their effect on our lives. Here and in many other films that deal with corporate power is a recurring theme of "being consumers at the cost of being citizens." This documentary certainly highlights some examples of how a private business can often impact the daily activities of us as indivisuals and citizens. You don't have to agree with everything they say in this film, but you've certainly got to wonder...

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