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Noam Chomsky - Rebel Without a Pause (2005)

Noam Chomsky , Carol Chomsky , Will Pascoe  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Noam Chomsky, Carol Chomsky
  • Directors: Will Pascoe
  • Writers: Will Pascoe, David Wesley, Jennifer MacLennan
  • Producers: David Wesley, Jennifer MacLennan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007TKNO2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,013 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Noam Chomsky - Rebel Without a Pause" on IMDb

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  • 40 Minutes of Additional Footage
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Called "the most important intellectual alive" by The New York Times, Noam Chomsky, speaks openly about 9-11, the US War on Terrorism, Media Manipulation, the US and Iraq, and social activism, providing a critical voice that many audiences feel is missing in the world today. Featuring candid interviews with his wife, Carol Chomsky, as well as activists, fans, and critics REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE is a timely, must-see film that offers an alternative voice and explores the truths and myths about the most important intellectual of our time.

The world's greatest intellectual voice of dissent gets another fine showcase in Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause. Chomsky is no stranger to video and DVD, with several titles (including Manufacturing Consent) comprising a growing library of essential viewing for anyone with an open mind and a healthy skepticism toward powerful politicians. In this 75-minute documentary (plus 40 minutes of additional footage), filmed primarily during his lectures at Ontario's McMaster University during the build-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Chomsky holds forth on a wide variety of topics, mostly related to the state of world affairs in a post-9/11 context. Speaking in intimate conversational settings, classrooms, and sold-out lecture halls, Chomsky (who readily admits his lack of charisma as a speaker, explaining "it's the issues that people find interesting") is lucidly sensible and deeply informed about media manipulation, the self-interest of those in power, the roots of anti-American sentiment, and the need for social activism to maintain a balanced and genuine democracy. Behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Chomsky's wife and tour manager, Carol, offer an additional layer of depth and humanity to this hard-working thinker, while other colleagues and scholars express their supportive opinions of Chomsky and the very real fear that his outspokenness could result in his physical harm or even assassination. While any Chomsky-related material is timely by nature, the content of this film will remain relevant for years to come, whether it's being viewed as cautionary warning or prescient prophesy. --Jeff Shannon

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5.0 out of 5 stars Scintillating Movie on Noam Chomsky April 10, 2005
Noam Chomsky is one of the most important social critics of our time. In this DVD, the filmmaker captures candid Chomsky at his best.

Among the focus of this film is an important discourse on 9-11 where Chomsky illuminates the dark machinations of the Bush government with his razor sharp knowledge and intellect. The filmmaker brings us a well balanced look at a man who is the intellectual's Michael Moore. Find out in this DVD the role that Noam Chomsky's wife plays, why his life may be in danger and why Noam Chomsky is one of the most important living intellects in America today.

"Rebel Without A Pause" is a must-see DVD that shines a spotlight on the cause & effects of 9-11 and how the media is manipulated by government and corporate entities. Find out what drives Chomsky, what inspires him, and why he is one of the most censored voices in America today. Open your mind and heart and watch this DVD with open eyes as the film treats you to a wonderfully open and novel treatise on Chomsky that will leave you both thrilled and disturbed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chomsky Rocks! March 19, 2005
Chomsky is not for everyone. This film was on the film festival circuit and I was lucky enough to see it twice (I admit to liking Chomsky's voice). Here is a man that is smart, articulate, well read and passionate. With so much spin in the media its nice to get a refreshing and frank assessment of the world from someone who is still passionate about our society. I have seen a few Chomsky films (he can have his own film festival now) and "Rebel Without A Pause" is probably the most current and relevant. "Manufacturing Consent" was great but its fifteen years old now and East Timor isn't an issue these days. "Rebel Without A Pause" has Chomsky waxing poetic on 9-11, Iraq, US global imperialism and about organizing and the role of the media in western society. All important stuff. This film breaks each down into specific topics so if you aren't interested in something you can move to the next section. What is really interesting is how others perceive him which refreshingly in this film makes it more about Chomsky and his passions then just about what he's writing about. This film could easily be a film companion to "Hegemony or Survival" and "9-1"' (Chomsky's latest books) as the film covers both of those books in quite detail. This film is worth checking out. I can't rate the DVD extras as I haven't seen the DVD yet, but the film is great and you don't have to really know Chomsky to be able to watch it. In fact, this film may be the best way to get to know his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening Overview of Noam Chomsky April 6, 2005
Having read many of his books over the years I can spake to Chomsky's views with a bit of experience. This film provides an wonderful ovierwiew, analysis and synthesis of Chomsky's last two books "9,11" and "Hegemony or Survival" and is well worth watching. Looking at Chomsky's views on America before and after September 11th, "Rebel Without A Pause" provides a strong glimpse into the causes and effects of September 11th and how they are rippling around the world. Other chapters in this film include (if memory serves), Iraq, the war on terrorism, and how the media has become a mouthpiece for the powerful and the rich (and by extension our own governments). Chomsky unleashes his withering sarcasm and intellect on the world in this film and its interesting to watch him do this and then learn about the man and why he does this. In some ways, this is the film's greatest strength - it takes us behind the scenes into Chomsky's world and we learn more about him - how he works, what he reads, and what motivates him to keep taking on the establishment. Interesting, his stories of being censorsed on TV are almost as poweful as his attacks on Bush and company. If you've ever wanted to know more about Chomsky, what he's about and what it all means in the great scheme of things then this film will no doubt give you that and more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating look at the world! March 28, 2005
I can start by saying that I was never a fan of Noam Chomsky's. I don't care for politics. My husband does however and we went to see this film (his turn to buy). I walked out afterwards and was thinking about the film for days afterward. Chomsky has an ability to put in clear context, backed by facts and references to articles and newspapers the events of the last few years and to analyse what is going on in the world like few people can. This film is a great look at what Chomsky is into and while the film doesn't say he's right or wrong, it does let you hear what Chomsky has to say and balances it with those who know him (critics, fans and his wife most especially!) The film does show that Chomsky is a rock star for many. People hang on his every word, while others try to out debate him (you can't). What this film does is present Chomsky's most recent work on what is happening in Iraq, on government control of the media, the war on Terrorism (what you read in the papers versus what is actually happening) and a host of other topics. Inbetween he gets pretty candid about some things and his wife (who doubles as his manager) is quick to offer her take on what drives him to read six newspapers a day and what compells him at his late age to talk to so many people and give so many lectures. I have since watched some of the other Chomsky films and I'm looking forward to seeing this one again. Unlike the others that just have Chomsky lecturing for two hours, this film actually gave me an insight into the man himself and into his motivations at a time when most of his contemporaries are retired and playing golf. Chomsky doesn't do it for the money. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everyone should watch this.
Published 1 month ago by ClayWalters
3.0 out of 5 stars nah
I love Noam Chomsky. But this film is a sort of puffy tribute. You could make the same movie about Donald Trump. Read more
Published 5 months ago by piki1
4.0 out of 5 stars "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain." - Wizard of Oz.
Watch this documentary after watching "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media" (1992 documentary)

After watching Manufacturing Consent "Noam Chomsky: Rebel... Read more
Published 20 months ago by bernie
1.0 out of 5 stars Yikes !
A good example of what can happen when someone ventures outside his/her academic area. I feel bad knowing that, if this video is around in 100 years, Chomsky will only be... Read more
Published on December 2, 2011 by B. Buehler
1.0 out of 5 stars Noam Chomsky: Arrogant, egotistic socialist!
Noam Chomsky is one academic for which making a documentary about was a complete waste of time. Please! Read more
Published on April 13, 2011 by Dove
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn
Despite having known people who are either great fans of Noam Chomsky, or think he's a tired relic from the 1960s, I really had no opinion of the man, save that I knew he gained... Read more
Published on September 15, 2008 by Cosmoetica
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Chomsky, as Always
Chomsky is a brilliant man who is dedicated to understanding how corporate interests use the media to mold people's beliefs. Read more
Published on October 4, 2007 by C. G. Mayell
1.0 out of 5 stars Totalitarian Saint.
This film is a compilation of Chomsky lecture snippets which mostly appear to be from his trip to McMaster University in Canada. Read more
Published on August 11, 2007 by Bernard Chapin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent views expressed with utmost simplicity!
Noam Chomsky is clearly one of the few independent minds of our time. It is particularly incredible that been him both an American and of Jewish descent, he has a clear, simple,... Read more
Published on March 25, 2006 by Edgardo J. Fernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Noam Chomsky
This movie is a great introduction to Noam.

I think it would be good for people who don't know much about him as well as people who have a profound appreciation for him... Read more
Published on March 14, 2006 by Paul Naylor
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