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Prêt-à-jeter (2010)

This is the story of companies who engineered their products to fail.

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Cosima Dannoritzer
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly Malcolm ... Narrator (English version) (voice)
Marcos López Merayo Marcos López Merayo ... Himself (as Marcos López)
Lynn Owens Lynn Owens ... Himself
Richard Jones Richard Jones ... Himself
Steve Bunn Steve Bunn ... Himself
Markus Krajewski Markus Krajewski ... Himself
Thomas A. Edison ... Himself (archive footage)
Helmut Höge Helmut Höge ... Himself
Warner Philips Warner Philips ... Himself
Nicols Fox Nicols Fox ... Herself
Mike Gurman Mike Gurman ... Himself
Giles Slade Giles Slade ... Himself
Dorothea Weitzner Dorothea Weitzner ... Herself
Brooks Stevens Brooks Stevens ... Himself (archive footage)
Kipp Stevens Kipp Stevens ... Himself
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Once upon a time..... products were made to last. Then, at the beginning of the 1920s, a group of businessmen were struck by the following insight: 'A product that refuses to wear out is a tragedy of business' (1928). Thus Planned Obsolescence was born. Shortly after, the first worldwide cartel was set up expressly to reduce the life span of the incandescent light bulb, a symbol for innovation and bright new ideas, and the first official victim of Planned Obsolescence. During the 1950s, with the birth of the consumer society, the concept took on a whole new meaning, as explained by flamboyant designer Brooks Stevens: 'Planned Obsolescence, the desire to own something a little newer, a little better, a little sooner than is necessary...'. The growth society flourished, everybody had everything, the waste was piling up (preferably far away in illegal dumps in the Third World) - until consumers started rebelling... Can the modern growth society survive without Planned Obsolescence? Did ... Written by Cosima Dannoritzer

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The untold story of planned obsolescence.

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English | French | Catalan | German | Spanish

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16 December 2010 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Conspiração da Lâmpada See more »

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France See more »

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| (2011) (TV)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Shorter version, 52m52s long, edited for 1 hour slot on television. Has been broadcast on at least NRK (Norwegian Television). See more »

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Amazing facts on what you already knew but never dared to ask
19 May 2013 | by OJTSee all my reviews

I love these kinds of documentaries! Those which tells you something new or tells you something you didn't know about something you've been suspecting or thinking, but get confirmed.

This brilliantly made documentary tells about a dark secret which had gone so far that we now accept it. But even worse. The whole concept of "things bing too expensive to fix, buy a new one" is a false. It's fake! Not so that it is produced to fail. No, it can last longer if you know how to do it! A printer is made for lasting 200.000 copies. Then it tells you it's life is over. It's just programmed to stop. You can download a program on your PC install it, to make your printer last another 200.000 copies.

Nasty business, you say! Well, it's in your house! See this, and get enlightened!


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