by Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott & J.Bakan
Official film description...
The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary is critical of the modern-day corporation, considering its legal status as a class of person and evaluating its behaviour towards society and the world at large as a psychiatrist might evaluate an ordinary person.
Notes on the film...
Particularly noteworthy are the interviews with Ray Anderson, the CEO of one of the largest carpet factories in the world and how he steers his company entirely on sustainability. A very interesting insight, which breaks through some projections on big corporations.
At the same time, the film also shows the evil machinations and influences of transnational companies. On the whole, the film is very balanced and humorous. Mark Achbar does very serious work.
The double DVD (in English) offers 8 hours of additional material, selectable via person name or themes. One more exciting than the other.
For an even better understanding it is an advantage to read the book beforehand… Prepare yourself for a challenging film: two and a half hours of concentrated information awaits you!
Rating from our film jury...
“The Corporation” is an intelligent and challenging film, packed with a veritable flood of knowledge and facts. It is suitable for vocational schools, universities, teachers and educated multipliers, due to the information density we recommend to prepare the film or to watch it in two stages.
Many relations are conveyed, the a connection to one's own life is conceivable and the human influence on the earth is made visible.
The topic is already well known, but “The Corporation” convinces above all with good interviews, in-depth research and high relevance with regard to our ecological basis of life.
The weakness of the film lies clearly in the transfer of the momentum – the central statements get lost in the flood of badly coordinated information. A pity, because the content would be quite exciting and suitable to give new impulses.
The film is unstructured, which makes it hard-to-digest and damages the tension curve especially in the second half. Pictures and scenes are of moderate quality and little unique. There is no obvious reason why some horribly brutal scenes have been used. Camera work and editing are still somewhat acceptable, the film music is second-class.
For this film less would have been more.
Technical information and screening rights...
Director: Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott
Run Time: 145 minutes
Language (Audio): English
Language (Subtitles): German