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Petra Epperlein (written by) and
Michael Tucker (written by)
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Fidelis Cloer is a self-confessed war profiteer who found The Perfect War when the US invaded Iraq. It wasn't about selling a dozen cars, or even a hundred, it was a thousand-car war where security would become the ultimate product. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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ReThink Review: Bulletproof Salesman -- Warzone Safety For Sale
 (From Huffington Post. 19 April 2010, 2:43 AM, PDT)

Spring Indie Film Preview 2010
 (From IFC. 16 February 2010, 7:00 AM, PST)

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Important and Disturbing film about the Economics of War See more (2 total) »

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Fidelis Cloer ... Himself

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Petra Epperlein 
Michael Tucker 
 
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Petra Epperlein (written by) and
Michael Tucker (written by)

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Petra Epperlein .... producer
Michael Tucker .... producer
 
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Michael Tucker 
 
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Michael Tucker 
 

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13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Important and Disturbing film about the Economics of War, 10 March 2008
Author: JustCuriosity from Austin, TX, United States

This disturbing film had its World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. It is a troubling film about a man who makes it his business to make money as a war profiteer and is proud of it. German war profiteer Fidelis Cloer clearly enjoys his work selling armored cars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a microcosm of the capitalist system. He exists to make money and war is simply an extension of business to him. He wants to make the best product and sell it and thus protect his clients. He doesn't seem to care that his products are used as part of a war machine. He seems to have no political conscience or concern. He went to Iraq at the beginning of the war in 2003, because he believed things would get worse and there would be an opportunity to profit.

This is the 3rd Iraq war film by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker and like the others it is a powerful picture of the nature and excesses of war. Where the others were more specifically about elements of the Iraq War, this film is more about the nature of war itself and the infrastructure of people and economics that support it. Cloer is ultimately a bloodless weapon of war just like the equipment that he sells.

Like their other films, they let the characters speak for themselves cinema verite style without providing commentary and analysis. This can be both a strength and a weakness. In this case, Cloer seems to call out for commentary, context and analysis that the film doesn't provide. Some context would strengthen their film and make their points clearer to a wider audience. This film should be seen, because it raises fundamental questions about the nature of the relationship between war and capitalism.

I think that the filmmakers actually related to Cloer, because they understood that in some way they are also war profiteers making money off of the violence of war. On the other hand, they should consider whether Cloer is using them to advertise his products and make more money off of war. It is difficult to determine whether the film ends up exposing Cloer or promoting him. Perhaps a bit of both.

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