Speaking of Documentaries…

A friend of mine just recommended ‘The Corporation‘.to me. After seeing the trailer its definitely on my list. Here’s what it’s about:

One hundred and fifty years ago, the corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, the corporation is today’s dominant institution. But history humbles dominant institutions. All have been crushed, belittled or absorbed into some new order. The corporation is unlikely to be the first to defy history. In this complex and highly entertaining documentary, Mark Achbar, co-director of the influential and inventive MANUFACTURING CONSENT: NOAM CHOMSKY AND THE MEDIA, teams up with co-director Jennifer Abbott and writer Joel Bakan to examine the far-reaching repercussions of the corporation’s increasing preeminence. Based on Bakan’s book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, the film is a timely, critical inquiry that invites CEOs, whistle-blowers, brokers, gurus, spies, players, pawns and pundits on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the 4corporation’s inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. Featuring illuminating interviews with Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Howard Zinn and many others, THE CORPORATION charts the spectacular rise of an institution aimed at achieving specific economic goals as it also recounts victories against this apparently invincible force.

Update: William at Abstract Dynamics has some thoughts on the movie. It doesn’t open in Atlanta until Friday so I’ll give my opinion on the flick sometime after that.

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  • Mike, I had totally forgotten that this was coming out on Friday. In fact, I may go see the 8pm show Friday evening at Landmark Midtown. (It’s 145 minutes, so that’s the latest show).

    Any interest in joining?

    PS- You can hit me up at my new Gmail account with the same prefix as above…

  • You caught it yet?

  • George,

    Yeah, I saw it (and Fahrenheit) over the weekend. I highly reccomend people go see The Corporation. It paints a very grim, but I think realistic, view of corporations. Seeing that and Fahrenheit so close together made it very clear how corporate greed is the root of so many problems in the world. Of course individual greed is a part of problem too.

    Have you seen it?