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Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)

A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda.
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Credited cast:
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Himself - Interviewer
Karin Aguilar-San Juan ...
Herself - South End Collective
Paul Andrews ...
Himself - The Seattle Times
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Himself (archive footage) (as William F. Buckley Jr.)
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Himself
Robert Faurisson ...
Himself
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Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Jeff Hansen ...
Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Loie Hayes ...
Herself - South End Collective
Edward S. Herman ...
Himself
Arnold Kohen ...
Himself - Journalist
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Himself (voice) (archive footage)
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Himself (archive footage)
Yossi Olmert ...
Himself - Tel Aviv University (archive footage)
Lydia Sargent ...
Herself - Z Magazine
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This film showcases Noam Chomsky, one of America's leading linguists and political dissidents. It also illustrates his message of how government and big media businesses cooperate to produce an effective propaganda machine in order to manipulate the opinions of their populations. The key examples featured for this analysis are the simultaneous events of the massive coverage of the communist atrocities of Khmer Rouge regime of Cambodia and the suppression of news of the US supported Indonesian invasion and subjugation of East Timor. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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A Primer In Intellectual Self-Defense


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6 November 1992 (Australia)  »

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Chomsky, les médias et les illusions nécessaires  »

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Up until the release of Mark Achbar's film The Corporation (2003), this was the most successful documentary in Canadian history, playing theatrically in over 300 cities worldwide. It won 22 awards and appeared in more than 50 international film festivals. See more »

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[first lines]
[title card: They who have put out the peoples eyes reproach them of their blindness. - John Milton, 1642. ]
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This film is intended to encourage discussion about media and democracy See more »

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Referenced in Manufacturing Dissent (2007) See more »

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Cross-Eyes and Painless
Written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Brian Eno, Talking Heads
Performed by Talking Heads
Published by Index Music
Bleu Disque Co. Inc. (ASCAP)
E.G. Music Ltd (BMI)
Courtesy Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
© Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
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Manufacturing One Of The Best Documentaries Ever
24 March 2001 | by (Yurp) – See all my reviews

The film makers, Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick, achieve the seemingly impossible by turning Noam Chomsky's dry political theories and persona into a fascinating, entertaining movie, and all on a presumably tight budget. If you want to gain insight into the workings of the US media system then this movie will give you some food for thought. Hardly surprising then that Hollywood did not award them an Oscar for this, even thought they sure would have deserved one.


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