Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause 2003 NR CC

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Noam Chomsky analyzes the roots of anti-American sentiment, defines terrorism in the new millennium, and examines the after-effects of 9/11, providing a critical voice that many audiences feel is missing in the world today.

Starring:
Noam Chomsky, Carol Chomsky
Runtime:
1 hour 14 minutes

Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause

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Genres Military & War, Documentary
Director Will Pascoe
Starring Noam Chomsky, Carol Chomsky
Studio Mediabrat Productions
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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80 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Grant U. Frost on April 10, 2005
Format: DVD
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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Webb on March 19, 2005
Format: DVD
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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Fred Ashmore on April 6, 2005
Format: DVD
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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Christie Dys on March 28, 2005
Format: DVD
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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