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Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times (2002)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 22 November 2002 (USA)
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This documentary compiles a series of Noam Chomsky's interviews and lectures that address the events of 9/11.

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John Junkerman

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Whether Noam Chomsky, the MIT linguist and political philosopher, is the most important intellectual alive, as the New York Times once famously called him, is open for debate. But without a doubt, Chomsky, now 73, is one of the most straight-talking and committed dissidents of our time. A steadfast critic of United States foreign policy for decades, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, his profile took a quantum leap as he provided much-needed analysis and historical perspective to concerned citizens throughout the world. In the months that followed, he gave dozens of talks on four continents, conducted scores of interviews, and wrote a book 9-11 that was published in 22 countries and became a surprise bestseller in many of them, including Japan. Chomsky's voice may be unpopular, but his incisive arguments, based on decades of research and analysis, are heard and considered in this chronicle comprised of interview footage, and various talks he's given. Chomsky ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Official Sites:

chomsky9.11 [Japan]

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USA | Japan

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English

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22 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chomsky 9.11: Power and Terror See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,442, 24 November 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$288,372, 10 August 2003
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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Noam Chomsky: [beginning a speech] Let me check first to make sure you can hear me. Yes?
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Soundtracks

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by Kiyoshi Imawano / RC Succession
from the CD "Baby a Go Go"
© 1990 Babys' Songs
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Not as powerful as Manufacturing Consent
12 December 2002 | by enmussakSee all my reviews

I saw this documentary in New York its second week in the theater, and I doubt it will get a lot of play elsewhere in the country. Some interesting things were done, such as the usage of Asian pop-songs and translations to quotes to give the film a more international/global feel. However, this doc is no where near as good as Manufacturing Consent, what I think is a masterpiece and a true showing of the brilliance of Chomsky. Yes, this film is important, but it focuses solely on Chomsky speaking. Now I love Chomsky, but he is not a dynamic speaker, the power in his oration come from his well structured syntax and ideas. Listening to 74 minutes of Chomsky monologues is wearing. Nobody spouts the truth like Chomsky, and this film didn't show that as well as Manufacturing Consent. 8/10... only because it was about one of my intellectual heroes. 5/10 for filmmaking.


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