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The Birth of Shopping 

The first episode introduces viewers to the world's first department store created by the cunning and visionary 19th century French entrepreneur, Aristide Boucicaut. His new kind of ... See full summary »
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Episode cast overview:
Linda Cropper Linda Cropper ... Narrator (voice)
Grégoire Bonnet ... Aristide Boucicaut
Sarah Stern Sarah Stern ... Mrs. Debt
Charline Paul Charline Paul ... Mrs. Homemaker
Sandra Valentin Sandra Valentin ... Lady Klepto
Lucile Krier ... Miss Assist
Niels Dubost Niels Dubost ... Maillard
Horacio Levin Horacio Levin ... Boileau
Michel Bizot Michel Bizot ... Eiffel
Nathalie Ropert Nathalie Ropert ... Madame Boucicaut (as Nathalie Ropert-Donders)
Marion Corrales Marion Corrales ... Maid
Élise Diamant Élise Diamant ... Courtesan
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The first episode introduces viewers to the world's first department store created by the cunning and visionary 19th century French entrepreneur, Aristide Boucicaut. His new kind of enterprise changes not only his fortunes, but also the lives of women and modern society forever.

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27 July 2011 (Australia) See more »

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Good Movie
26 June 2012 | by epavlovicaSee all my reviews

I'm really surprised that this movie can't even get a rating. I really enjoyed it, and I don't understand why it's so unpopular. Well OK, probably because it's a documentary and it's new. Anyway, I felt this movie deserved at least a summary.

This movie is a documentary about the very beginning of consumerism. It contains some really interesting info on why the consumerism even emerged and how the basic marketing schemes were invented, the same ones that are practiced worldwide nowadays. It reveals how consumerism has shaped the thinking of our society, deeper than I had thought. And it also tells the history of some well known department stores. It contains historical scenes together with reenactments and as in any reasonable documentary there are specialists talking. It's easy to watch, unlike some documentaries, and as I had already said it's generally a good and very interesting movie. And I think it could be interesting to pretty much everybody because it's about something relevant in all of our lives (and I don't mean shopping itself, but rather how it influences our thinking and culture).


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