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The Corporation: Film Review

The Corporation: Film Review

By Craig Wing


The Corporation is a documentary film that explores the historical evolution, psychological make-up, and impact of the most dominant institution of the modern era. The documentary presents the corporation as a paradoxical institution that creates both great wealth and enormous societal harm. Utilizing the premise of legal corporate “personhood”, the film provides an in-depth analysis of the sociopathic psychology that the institution exhibits.

The documentary, released in 2003, was directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott and was based on Joel Bakan’s book The Corporation: the Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power. The film consists of a wide array of interviews from CEO’s, brokers, whistle blowers, and corporate insiders and critics. The documentary contains footage from 40 interviews: including Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Milton Friedman, Howard Zinn, Vandana Shiva, and Michael Moore.

The Corporation is an ambitious and highly informative documentary. The content provided in this film offers an emotionally-charged and intellectually engaging experience. The style and tone of the film is riveting and highly entertaining. Over-all, The Corporation is expertly crafted and immensely insightful. This documentary should be required viewing for anyone interested in gaining an understanding of the history, psychological nature, and impact of the modern-day business corporation.

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