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Surplus: Terrorized Into Being Consumers (2003)

Looks at the arguments for capitalism and technology, such as greater efficiency, more time and less work, and argues that these are not being fulfilled, and they never will be.

Director:

Erik Gandini

Writer:

Erik Gandini
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Cast overview:
John Zerzan John Zerzan ... Himself
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Fidel Castro ... Himself
Kalle Lasn Kalle Lasn ... Himself - Adbusters
Matt McMullen Matt McMullen ... Himself - RealDoll
Steve Ballmer ... Himself (archive footage)
Tania Tania ... Herself - Cuba
Mirta Muniz Mirta Muniz ... Herself - Cuba
Svante Tidholm Svante Tidholm ... Himself
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Looks at the arguments for capitalism and technology, such as greater efficiency, more time and less work, and argues that these are not being fulfilled, and they never will be. The film is about our world, the modern civilization that eats more than needed. It's not very much information that is physically showed, its the pictures in symbiosis with music that is the real strength in this flick. It leans towards anarcho-primitivist ideology and argues for a simple and fulfilling life. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Sweden

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Swedish | Spanish | English

Release Date:

21 November 2003 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Nadprodukcja: Terror konsumpcji See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China See more »

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Atmo Media Network See more »
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narrator of Adbusters-spot: The average North American consumes 5 times more than the Mexican, 10 times more than a Chinese person, and 30 times more than a person from India. *BURP!*
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Features Le strade di Genova (2002) See more »

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Rice&Beans
by Johan Söderberg and David Österberg
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Very Good
7 February 2004 | by wiepskeSee all my reviews

This is without doubt one of the most convincing and impressive documentaries I have ever seen. It is very in-your-face and not subtle, and you might not agree with the message (consumerism is bad), but anyone would have to admit that this film is very, very well made.

It's form is highly original. For example, there's a quick montage of the world's leaders (Bush, Blair, Poetin, Chirac etc.), who's voices have been erased, and replaced by a new one, literally 'putting words in their mouths'. Great!

And I should mention the editing, which is in accordance with the images and music. The whole film playes like a musical piece, with repeting themes, set-ups and climaxes.

For the original form alone, you should see this when you have the chance. Even when you think capitalism is okay.


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