Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media

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This documentary that explains the thoughts and actions of Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include reflections by Chomsky on the film, an interview with Michel Foucault, biographies, production notes, and clips from a 1969 debate with William F. Buckley. This is a solid release from ...
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Overview

This documentary that explains the thoughts and actions of Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include reflections by Chomsky on the film, an interview with Michel Foucault, biographies, production notes, and clips from a 1969 debate with William F. Buckley. This is a solid release from Zeitgest.
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Special Features

Noam Chomsky reflects on the film; Extended excerpts from the 1969 "Firing Line" debate with William F. Buckley Jr.; Never-before-seen 1971 discussion with Michel Foucault; Filmmaker bios and production notes
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Noam Chomsky is one of the most provocative and thought-provoking political analysts in America (even his detractors, several of whom are interviewed in this film, acknowledge his intelligence and influence), but most of Chomsky's admirers will concede that his style as both a writer and speaker is a bit on the dry side -- he often sounds like the veteran academic he happens to be. But with Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, directors Peter Wintonick and Mark Achbar have created a superb "Beginner's Guide to Noam Chomsky" that streamlines many of his most important and influential ideas without dumbing them down, presenting them in a manner that's often witty and consistently entertaining but doesn't compromise their importance or the gravity of the issues involved. Wintonick and Achbar cleverly use the sort of visual tricks one might expect from a network television documentary, though in the service of a film that calls the integrity of the mass media into question, using intelligent and subtle humor to create a useful visual corollary to Chomsky's statements (such as the sequence in which they compare the New York Times' coverage of Cambodia and East Timor by lining the clippings up next to each other). Manufacturing Consent is hardly the last word on Noam Chomsky, but it's a powerful and compelling look at a major thinker and makes clear why his ideas matter.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2002
  • UPC: 795975101332
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Rating:

  • Source: Zeitgeist Films
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:47:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 48,059

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William F. Buckley
Noam Chomsky
Robert Faurisson
Michel Foucault
Jeff Greenfield
Peter Jennings Participant
Sarah McClendon Participant
Karl E. Meyer
Bill Moyers
Technical Credits
Mark Achbar Director
Peter Wintonick Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer
Savas Kalogeras Cinematographer
Dennis Murphy Executive Producer
Colin Neale Executive Producer
Carl Schultz Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "The World's Most Important Intellectual" [7:58]
2. Nim Chimpsky: Father of Linguistics [7:05]
3. The Menace of Liberalism [4:02]
4. So Curious, So Arrogant [4:27]
5. The Manufacturing of Consent [2:55]
6. Parental Influences [6:35]
7. A Propaganda Model [4:26]
8. Agenda Setters [9:09]
9. The War for Men's Minds [12:43]
10. Media, Pa. [5:10]
11. Exotic Information [2:46]
12. Southeast Asia: A Case Study [14:31]
13. All the News That's Fit to Print [13:21]
14. What's a Documentary [1:41]
15. And in This Corner [5:44]
16. Conspiracy Theories [7:09]
17. Nightline [:44]
18. A Free Society [5:50]
19. Holocaust Denier? [6:44]
20. Organizing for Change [11:17]
21. Alternative Media [4:30]
22. Alternatives to Capitalism [15:47]
23. Necessary Illusions [5:03]
24. People Get Ready [2:18]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Chapter Selection
   Special Features
      Noam Chomsky vs. William F. Buckley
      Noam Chomsky vs. Michel Foucault
      Noam Chomsky Reflects on the Film
      Filmmaker Bios
         Peter Wintonick
         Mark Achbar
         Francis Miquet
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Every American Should See this Documentary

    To understand why our contact with the news is so limited, and how it's selected, watch this far-reaching documentary about the difference between "free" and "fascist" societies--the latter able to coerce public cooperation with force, the former forced to shape public opinion through ownership and control of the media. Though there are signs that Chomsky's message is finally getting through to some of today's television commentators, the extent of the media's manipulation of our consciousness is probed by reporting this "lone voice crying in the wilderness." The "story" we are hearing is the story corporate America wants us to hear.

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