The Corporation

The Corporation

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The Corporation

Jane Akre, Raymond L. Anderson, Joe Badaracco, Maude Barlow, Mark Barry

In the mid-1800s, corporations began to be recognized as individuals by U.S. courts, granting them unprecedented rights. The Corporation, a documentary by filmmakers Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott an... read more read more...d author Joel Bakan, delves into that legal standard, essentially asking: if corporations were people, what kind of people would they be? Applying psychiatric principles and FBI forensic techniques, and through a series of case studies, the film determines that this entity, the corporation, which has an increasing power over the day-to-day existence of nearly every living creature on earth, would be a psychopath. The case studies include a story about how two reporters were fired from Fox News for refusing to soft-pedal a story about the dangers of a Monsanto product given to dairy cows, and another about Bolivian workers who banded together to defend their rights to their own water supply. The pervasiveness of corporate influence on our lives is explored through an examination of efforts to influence behavior, including that of children. The filmmakers interview leftist figures like Michael Moore, Howard Zinn, Naomi Klein, and Noam Chomsky, and give representatives from companies Burson Marsteller, Disney, Pfizer, and Initiative Media a chance to relay their own points-of-view. The Corporation won the Best Documentary World Cinema Audience Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

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  • July 7, 2007
    Shocking, effective, leftist, snarky and entertaining Canadian.
  • April 4, 2011
    This movie will infuriate you, no matter which side of the debate you're on.
  • February 4, 2011
    A well-made eye-opener documentary.
  • September 19, 2010
    Recommended
  • September 24, 2009
    Informative and funny. It?s an important film but it does drag a bit towards the end!
  • January 11, 2008
    This is one of those rare, truly excellent documentaries that come around every once in a while that is utterly enrapturing and worthy of multiple viewings. The Corporation is exactly what it sounds like it would be: an examination of what we know as the "corporation". The film t... read moreackles the issue effectively from every angle; from establishing a clear understanding of what the corporation is, what it does, what powers it has or can have, and the impact is has had and is having on our world. Told through the intermingling of interviews with professionals on the subject (including some CEOs of corporations) and stock footage, along with some really clever editing and expert craftsmanship. Especially powerful is the segments with the CEO of the world's largest carpet manufacturer (his name escapes me) who has been part of the corporate world for a long time, and had an epiphany where he realized how his company, and others like his, are impacting the world around them by following the rules of the corporation strictly (as the film clearly defines, corporations are essentially required by law to maximize profit for their shareholders and ignore the implications of their reckless profiting), and he actively works to make a difference while continuing to head his company but with a new consideration for the world around him. This is simply a fantastic documentary, right up there with the best of them I've seen. A must-watch for everyone.
  • December 6, 2007
    Watching this may make you sick, but it is important to see. Did you know that corporations count as people under the law? Neither did I until I saw this. It's creepy to see the extent to which laws are perverted and bent to accomodate the odious acts of greed that these 'people'... read more pull off. It's not nice to see, but it's good to know.
  • April 12, 2007
    A real powerhouse of a documentary that often provides disturbing insight into what corporations do.
  • January 30, 2006
    [font=Century Gothic]"The Corporation" is an informative documentary about the past, the present and possibly the future - if we have one - of the corporation. By using case studies, the movie proves that infamous corporations such as Walmart and Enron are not exceptions to the ... read morerule; they are the rule. It uses talking heads - some familiar like Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Naomi Klein and Michael Moore - but also some less so which helps because these latter people(occasionally inside men) shed more light on corporate malfeasance. If the documentary has a fault, it is that there is too much information to cover in a feature film. [/font]
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    [font=Century Gothic]I first heard about multinational corporations almost 20 years ago in college. The whole idea of a corporation is to make money for its shareholders. It is unscrupulous in its means and will often harm workers, customers, the environment while only making token efforts towards charity. Capitalism is shown not to help democracy because corporations prefer working with dictatorships which control the citizenry. This is especially true where companies exploit sweatshops in the Third World for cheaper products. The most egregious example of this was IBM working with the Nazis during World War II. [/font]
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    [font=Century Gothic]There are signs of resistance, though. In several Latin American countries, lefitst and socialist candidates have been able to win presidential elections. On a smaller scale, we can organize into cooperatives. Overall, we have to work together to show how prices and wages are tied together. [/font]
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    January 23, 2008
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    Should be the first film shown in any course on Industrial Relations. It questions central ideals that we take for granted about corporations and the role they play in our lives.

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