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

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Marcos López Merayo ...
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Lynn Owens ...
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Richard Jones ...
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Steve Bunn ...
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Markus Krajewski ...
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Helmut Höge ...
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Warner Philips ...
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Nicols Fox ...
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Mike Gurman ...
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Giles Slade ...
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Dorothea Weitzner ...
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Brooks Stevens ...
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Kipp Stevens ...
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Boris Knuf ...
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Serge Latouche ...
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John Thackara ...
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Elizabeth Pritzker ...
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Andrew Westley ...
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Mike Anane ...
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Vitaliy Kiselev ...
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Michael Braungart ...
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Cosima Dannoritzer

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Cosima Dannoritzer ... ()

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Patrice Barrat ... executive producer
Joan Úbeda ... executive producer

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Marta Andrés
Joan Gil Bardagi

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Marc M. Sarrado ... (as Marc Martinez Sarrado)

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Georgia Wyss

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Davina Breillet ... production manager

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Juanma García ... sound mixer

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María S. Leiva ... motion graphics
Xavi Santolaya ... colorist

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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 the eternal light bulb ever exist? How can a tiny chip 'kill' a product? How did two artists from New York manage to extend the lives of millions of iPods? Is Planned Obsolescence itself becoming obsolete? Written by Cosima Dannoritzer

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Also Known As
  • Comprar, tirar, comprar (Spain)
  • Comprar, llençar, comprar (Spain, Catalan title)
  • The Light Bulb Conspiracy (World-wide, English title)
  • Pyramids of Waste (World-wide, English title)
  • Kaufen für die Müllhalde (Germany)
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  • 75 min
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