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THIS CHARTS THE SPECTACULAR RISE OF THE CORPORATION AS A DRAMATIC, PERVASIVE PRESENCE IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES. FEATURES ILLUMINATING INTERVIEWS WITH NOAM CHOMSKY, MICHAEL MOORE, HISTORIAN HOWARD ZINN ... AS WELL AS CORPORATE HONCHOS, WHISTLEBLOWERS & BIG BUSINESS SPIES.
An epic in length and breadth, this documentary aims at nothing less than a full-scale portrait of the most dominant institution on the planet Earth in our lifetime--a phenomenon all the more remarkable, if not downright frightening, when you consider that the corporation as we know it has been around for only about 150 years. It used to be that corporations were, by definition, short-lived and finite in agenda. If a town needed a bridge built, a corporation was set up to finance and complete the project; when the bridge was an accomplished fact, the corporation ceased to be. Then came the 19th-century robber barons, and the courts were prevailed upon to define corporations not as get-the-job-done mechanisms but as persons under the 14th Amendment with full civil rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (i.e., power and profit)--ad infinitum.
The Corporation defines this endlessly mutating life-form in exhaustive detail, measuring the many ways it has not only come to dominate but to deform our reality. The movie performs a running psychoanalysis of this entity with the characteristics of a prototypical psychopath: a callous unconcern for the feelings and safety of others, an incapacity to experience guilt, an ingrained habit of lying for profit, etc. We are swept away on a demented odyssey through an altered cosmos, in which artificial chemicals are created for profit and incidentally contribute to a cancer epidemic; in which the folks who brought us Agent Orange devise a milk-increasing drug for a world in which there is already a glut of milk; in which an American computer company leased its systems to the Nazis--and serviced them on a monthly basis--so that the Holocaust could go forward as an orderly process.
The movie goes on too long, circles too many points obsessively and redundantly, and risks preaching-to-the-choir reductiveness by calling on the usual talking-head suspects--Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Moore. And except for an endlessly receding tracking shot in an infinite patents archive, there's scarcely an image worth recalling. Still, it maps the new reality. This is our world--welcome to it. --Richard T. JamesonSee all Editorial Reviews
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who objectively draws some very, very frightening conclusions about the power of corporations. Also contains interviews with (ex) CEO's of global corporations - who to a big extent agree. Buy the 2 cd version with the full interviews with all several experts and CEO's, a very nice extra. The book is also a classic, one of the best and most revealing nonfiction books I read the past 2 decades. I bought some copies to give it to two "big international company executive" friends, who were equally impressed...
This is riveting and hard to watch. This film exposes an ugly truth that we are all struggling with daily. We are serfs in a corporate feudal world with no real control over anything.
Buy it immediately and watch it soon.
The premise is powerful and the art of presentation is amazing. They have taken a legal topic that is dense and confusing and made it entertaining and understandable.
I am grateful to everyone involved in making this film. Thank you!