‘The Corporation’ for Free on Google Video

We haven’t yet watched the documentary ‘The Corporation, although it’s sitting in our Netflix queue right below The Odd Couple. So while we’d love to make a comment about watching the movie for free being some sort of ironic comeuppance for the companies they’re railing against, we don’t actually know if The Corporation is critical of corporations at all. It could be that the movie praises the intellectual property and copyright laws to which many of our largest companies are tethered, which would make it a little bit sad that someone has uploaded the whole three-hour thing to Google Video, where you can watch it for free.

Judging by the screen caps, it would appear the movie is about pickling babies, which is surprisingly rad.

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  1. Snowrunner says:

    Actually the movie is, for the lack of a better word, a biting commentary on how Corporations behave. It looks at it from a “human” standpoint.

    Meaning: If a person would act in the way corporations are acting, what would their diagnosis be?

    The “hook” for this is that in the early 20th century Corporations won a court ruling in the US that MAKES them persons (from a legal standpoint), yet, unlike people, they cannot “die” in the dead kind of way.

  2. mrscolex says:

    To follow up on the previous comment, I just caught the first hour of it. This is an interesting enough documentary, although quite a bit of it is what I would consider to be “Opinion Pieces”. Some of the more interesting ones include the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell and a few other notables.

    Bad marks for dubious editing and overuse of Michael Moore whom I kept wondering, “Wtf does he have to do with corporations?” Just becuase he’s the goldenboy with F-911 doesn’t mean that we have to start plastering him all over other documentaries…

    I’ll watch the other two parts later. Heres to hopeing they’re interesting.

  3. Director says:

    Just a couple of comments.

    Sorry to disappoint, but I have no idea what that image above is or where it came from. It’s not in The Corporation.

    Also, The Corporation is no longer available on Google Video. We asked them to remove it. http://www.kelkoo.co.uk lists several retailers of the DVD in the UK.

    In defense of Michael Moore’s inclusion in The Corporation: he’s been a thorn in the side of corporate America since he made Roger and Me in 1989; he continued with his groundbreaking series TV Nation and then The Awful Truth, mixing humour with anti-corporate critiques and packaging them for a mainstream television audience. The Big One and Bowling For Columbine continued to build theatrical audiences for feature documentaries that took on anti-corporate themes. I think his work is a fine example of one kind of media activism that has, in many instances, changed the behavior of big corporations. I recorded his interview long before 9/11 was released. So including him was certainly not in reaction to that film. Our films were released in the USA almost simultaneously. (Doh!)

    For more info about the film, or to participate in deeper discussions about it and the issues it raises, check out http://www.thecorporation.com

    Best,

    Mark Achbar
    Co-director, Producer, Executive Producer
    The Corporation