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The Net (2003)

Das Netz (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 13 January 2005 (Germany)
Ultimately stunning in its revelations, Lutz Dammbeck's THE NET explores the incredibly complex backstory of Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber. This exquisitely crafted inquiry into the... See full summary »

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Lutz Dammbeck

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Lutz Dammbeck
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Credited cast:
Lutz Dammbeck Lutz Dammbeck ... Himself
Eva Mattes ... Narrator (voice)
Tom Vogt Tom Vogt ... Narrator (voice) (as Thomas Vogt)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stewart Brand ... Himself
John Brockman John Brockman ... Himself
Butch Gehring Butch Gehring ... Himself
David Gelernter David Gelernter ... Himself
Ted Kaczynski Ted Kaczynski ... Himself (as Theodore John Kaczynski)
Ken Kesey ... Himself (archive footage)
Timothy Leary ... Himself (archive footage)
Henry A. Murray Henry A. Murray ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert W. Taylor Robert W. Taylor ... Himself
Heinz von Foerster Heinz von Foerster ... Himself
Chris Waits Chris Waits ... Himself
Norbert Wiener Norbert Wiener ... Himself (archive footage)
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Ultimately stunning in its revelations, Lutz Dammbeck's THE NET explores the incredibly complex backstory of Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber. This exquisitely crafted inquiry into the rationale of this mythic figure situates him within a late 20th Century web of technology - a system that he grew to oppose. A marvelously subversive approach to the history of the Internet, this insightful documentary combines speculative travelogue and investigative journalism to trace contrasting countercultural responses to the cybernetic revolution.

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Germany

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English | German

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13 January 2005 (Germany) See more »

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Berlin, Germany See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Fundamentally flawed
24 April 2005 | by MoritzMSee all my reviews

"Das Netz" seemed like an interesting subject matter in the first glance, but the movie is fundamentally flawed by the fact that the author has no profound knowledge about the topic. He's giving obscure statements about the internet being "an agglomeration of machines with indefinite size and power" and his not even partial knowledge about mathematics (and especially Gödel's theories) are hilarious. The scenes in which the director is drawing the "big picture" are completely pointless and it's extremely rude to confront a victim of Kaczynsnki (who lost an arm in a bombing) with the statement that he'd been a victim of a legitimate fight against the "system".


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