The Corporation

The Corporation

Jane Akre
Director: Jennifer Abbott, Mark Achbar Cast: Jane Akre
Jane Akre
, Raymond L. Anderson
Raymond L. Anderson
Jennifer Abbott, Mark Achbar,

DVD (Special Edition / Wide Screen)

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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 and 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/05/2005
UPC: 0795975106535
Original Release: 2003
Rating: NR
Source: Zeitgeist Films
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:25:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; 16:9 anamorphic transfer, enhanced for widescreen TVs; "Q's and A's:" video interviews with the filmmakers from radio, TV and theaters, including segments from CNN Financial, WNYC, WBAI, and Air America; Trailers for The Corporation and Manufacturing Consent; Janeane Garofolo interviews wrtier Joel Bakan on Air America's Majority Report; Two filmmaker audio commentaries; Grassroots marketing presentation; English descriptive audio for the visually impaired; Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Akre Participant
Raymond L. Anderson Participant
Joe Badaracco Participant
Maude Barlow Participant
Mark Barry Participant
Elain Bernard Participant
Edwin Black Participant
Carlton Brown Participant
Chris Barrett Participant
Luke McCabe Participant
Peter Drucker Participant
Samuel Epstein Participant
Andrea Finger Participant
Milton Friedman Participant
Sam Gibara Participant
Richard Grossman Participant
Robert Hare Participant
Gabriel Herbas Participant
Lucy Hughes Participant
Ira Jackson Participant
Charles Kernaghan Participant
Robert Keyes Participant
Mark Kingwell Participant
Tom Kline Participant
Chris Komisarjevsky Participant
Susan Linn Participant
Robert Monks Participant
Mark Moody-Stuart Participant
Oscar Olivera Participant
Jonathon Ressler Participant
Jeremy Rifkin Participant
Anita Roddick Participant
Vandana Shiva Participant
Clay Timon Participant
Michael Walker Participant
Robert Weissman Participant
S.S. Wilson Participant
Irving Wladawsky-Berger Participant
Mary Zepernick Participant
Howard Zinn Participant
Mikela J. Mikael Narrator
Noam Chomsky Interviewee
Naomi Klein Interviewee
Michael Moore Interviewee

Technical Credits
Jennifer Abbott Director,Editor
Mark Achbar Director,Cinematographer,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Joel Bakan Screenwriter
Harold Crooks Screenwriter
Rolf Cutts Cinematographer
Cari Green Co-producer
Jeff Koffman Cinematographer
Nathan Neumer Co-producer
Leonard J. Paul Score Composer
Velcrow Ripper Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Shandel Co-producer
Bart Simpson Producer
Kirk Tougas Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Movie
1. What Is a Corporation? [6:27]
2. Birth [4:25]
3. A Legal "Person" [5:03]
4. Externalities [2:12]
5. Case Histories [22:21]
6. The Pathology of Commerce [:48]
7. Monstrous Obligations [5:33]
8. Mindset [7:33]
9. Trading on 9/11 [2:10]
10. Boundary Issues [6:39]
11. Basic Training [9:24]
12. Perception Management [2:17]
13. Like a Good Neighbour [3:05]
14. A Private Celebration [3:38]
15. Triumph of the Shill [2:39]
16. Advancing the Front [5:06]
17. Unsettling Accounts [10:58]
18. Expansion Plans [4:01]
19. Taking the Right Side [6:25]
20. Hostile Takeover [2:42]
21. Democracy Ltd. [8:25]
22. Psycho Therapies [16:45]
23. Prognosis [2:49]
24. Credits [2:17]

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