The Shock Doctrine 2010 NR CC

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(24) IMDb 7.6/10
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The film traces the doctrine's beginnings in the radical theories of Milton Friedman at the University of Chicago, and its subsequent implementation over the past forty years, in countries and situation as disparate as Pinochet's Chile, Yeltsin's Russia, Thatcher's Britain, and most recently the neo-con invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Starring:
Ewen Cameron, Janine Huard
Runtime:
1 hour 23 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom
Starring Ewen Cameron, Janine Huard
Supporting actors Naomi Klein, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Milton Friedman, Salvador Allende, Donald O. Hebb, Richard Nixon, Edward M. Korry, Augusto Pinochet, Margaret Thatcher, Orlando Letelier, Michael Townley, Arnold Harberger, Jorge Rafael Videla, Joseph Blair, Elisa Tokar, Donald Rumsfeld, Ronald Reagan, Nigel Lawson
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour 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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All Keynesians will be pleased.
mo sr.
It is worth buying this video to put faces to names and pictures to history.
gary talbot
An interesting look at the pitfalls of capitalism .
Nothintosay

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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Nothintosay on November 26, 2010
Format: DVD
An interesting look at the pitfalls of capitalism . A bit more serious than Michael Moore's film , this one focuses on Milton Friedman's philosophy on capitalism and accuses it of being quite insidious . With the tools of war , economic upheaval ,and the overthrow of foreign governments we mold the rest of the world in our image . And the rest of the world is beginning to look a lot like the predatory underhanded nations , the US and Britain in particular , have become .
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Few things are more incendiary and divisive than covering an item with an overt political nature on Amazon. As opposed to entering into a non-winnable debate on the validity of Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine theory which she published in book form in 2007, I will be attempting to review "The Shock Doctrine" documentary adaptation as a film. If you are already vividly opposed to Klein's thesis, nothing in this presentation will alter your opinion in the slightest. And if you are already a fervent believer--once again, nothing here will alter your viewpoint. To comment on the movie, though, you need to look at Klein's hypothesis. Klein's tries to parallel the economic world with shock therapy in the mental health industry (particularly drawing on some nefarious government experimentation). Using traumatic torture techniques can alter and regress a patient's personality. Klein wants to apply the same philosophy to "disaster capitalism" where free market capitalism (specifically policies of Nobel laureate Milton Friedman) was promoted and propagated by diverting the public attention with man-made disasters or exploiting natural ones.

At under 80 minutes, the film discusses these previously mentioned CIA experiments, South American politics in the seventies (with particular attention to the Pinochet coup in Chile), Thatcher's Britain, Reagan's administration, the rise and fall of Gorbachev, post 9/11 policy in America, reactions to catastrophic disasters, the modern economic crisis, and a myriad of other subjects too various to report. Some interesting points are made along the way, but the focus of the film is so single minded and the canvas is so large.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DVD Verdict on October 18, 2011
Format: DVD
William Lee, DVD Verdict --Naomi Klein's 2007 book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism examines the political and economic history of the last 40 years as a way to explain how democratic nations have strayed from serving the will of the people in favor of enriching the lives of the elite. I haven't read the book but the documentary film The Shock Doctrine works quite well to summarize Klein's thesis and serve as the introduction to the more detailed work. This is clearly and unapologetically a leftist argument so brace yourselves, neoconservatives.

Directors Michael Winterbottom (The Trip) and Mat Whitecross (The Road to Guantanamo) combine video from Klein's speaking tour with historical newsreel and archival footage to illustrate the author's arguments. Approximating the structure of the book, the film introduces viewers to the leading economic theory of the latter twentieth century and show how it was applied in the real world. It's a concise and chilling recounting of the U.S. influence upon other countries during and after the Cold War.

Assembled from video camera footage of Klein's speaking engagements and historical newsreels, the picture quality on this DVD ranges in quality from passable to mediocre. A few interviews fair the best but a lot of the archival clips are scratched and blurry. The image doesn't detract from the impact of this filmic essay's content though. The audio is a respectable stereo mix that lets the narration by Kieran O'Brien (9 Songs) and various interviews be heard clearly. The trailer is the only extra on the disc.

-Full review at dvdverdict.com
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on July 16, 2013
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This is a visual mess. Like so many attempts at visually explaining an abstract idea the makers have to rely on what footage is available and their budget. This is just seventy-eight minutes of newsreel riots and wars letting up occasionally to show some talking-head politicos captured at a news conference. I often wonder when watching this sort of material just how technically poor a bit of film can be before film-makers say 'We can't use this' but it it seems that quick editing and added sound effects can redeem anything.

Fortunately the background narration and Naomi Klein's appearance on the lecture circuit pull so much of her book into perspective. The big disappointment for me was not confronting these 'crony capitalism' guys for an explanation on why there was so much failure with their policies around the world.

You could read a good chunk of her fascinating book in the time it takes to watch this visually dull documentary.
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Few things are more incendiary and divisive than covering an item with an overt political nature on Amazon. As opposed to entering into a non-winnable debate on the validity of Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine theory which she published in book form in 2007, I will be attempting to review "The Shock Doctrine" documentary adaptation as a film. If you are already vividly opposed to Klein's thesis, nothing in this presentation will alter your opinion in the slightest. And if you are already a fervent believer--once again, nothing here will alter your viewpoint. To comment on the movie, though, you need to look at Klein's hypothesis. Klein's tries to parallel the economic world with shock therapy in the mental health industry (particularly drawing on some nefarious government experimentation). Using traumatic torture techniques can alter and regress a patient's personality. Klein wants to apply the same philosophy to "disaster capitalism" where free market capitalism (specifically policies of Nobel laureate Milton Friedman) was promoted and propagated by diverting the public attention with man-made disasters or exploiting natural ones.

At under 80 minutes, the film discusses these previously mentioned CIA experiments, South American politics in the seventies (with particular attention to the Pinochet coup in Chile), Thatcher's Britain, Reagan's administration, the rise and fall of Gorbachev, post 9/11 policy in America, reactions to catastrophic disasters, the modern economic crisis, and a myriad of other subjects too various to report. Some interesting points are made along the way, but the focus of the film is so single minded and the canvas is so large.
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