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Capitalism: A Love Story [DVD] [2009]

4.2 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Michael Moore, Jimmy Carter, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Ronald Reagan
  • Directors: Michael Moore
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 May 2010
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036QV860
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,585 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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With both humor and outrage, Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story explores a taboo question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Years ago, that love seemed so innocent. Today, however, the American dream is looking more like a nigh tmare as families pay the price with their jobs, their homes and their savings. Moore takes us into the homes of ordinary people who se lives have been turned upside down; and he goes looking for explanations in Washington, DC and elsewhere. What he finds are the a ll-too-familiar symptoms of a love affair gone astray: lies, abuse, betrayal...and 14,000 jobs being lost every day.

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Thanks to Michael Moore we have another brilliant documentary that highlights more injusticies in the political world.
The film is focussed and to the point, with snippits of humour thrown in. Anyone failing to follow this movie is clearly not concentrating!
Of course all of the salient points are backed up by alot of evidence, which is especially disheartening to the Moore-haters.
I recommend everyone to watch this movie and do their own research of the evidence, it is time we all exercised our democratic rights!

For those wanting to research more into the failures of Capitalism, I suggest you look at David Harveys book "The Enigma of Capital".
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This is a timely film questioning the appropriateness of capitalism at a time when many will be undoubtedly feeling that it increasingly a system biased in favour of the greedy and reckless at the expense of the conscientious and cautious. The theme will resonate with many in light of banking bailouts. Moore quickly highlights the reason that Capitalism has proved so popular is the way in which the many believe that they might be one of the top brass themselves one day - so don't rock the boat that you might be climbing into... The connection with Brave New World is apparent.

Moore reminds us that however this is unlikely to be the case, because the game is rigged, people like Paulson and the other top bankers are pulling the strings of global government so they will always win the game at our expense. Until the point comes when there are are so many disenfranchised `peasants' that there is an uprising.

Capitalism: A Love Story starts well, drawing parallels with the fall of Rome, and echoes of Adam Curtis's short film for Punchdrunk's "It Felt Like A Kiss", using archive material of the American Dream. It reminds us out how we are increasingly expected to work harder and longer for the money to be concentrated in the hands of the few - i.e. working more for a lower quality of life, and the hand in glove relationship between the big banks, governments and how monetary policy and the focus on financial markets. All of which has generally been at the expense of the real economy.

Moore questions what has become of the `common good': altruism, humanity, open-source. People like Dr. Salk? Where are people's champions like them these days?
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This is the first film I have seen by Michael Moore. I found it riveting from the start. It must be one of the hardest-hitting films I have ever seen. We are led through an analysis of how ever-looser regulation of banks, finance generally and companies generally led, via political corruption and negligence to a gigantic collapse in which the losers are home owners, employees and taxpayers, rather than the really or mostly guilty, meaning the politicians, highly paid suits etc. Though an American film about America, the same happened and is happening here in the UK.

Stalin is said to have said once that one human death is a tragedy, a million a statistic. That can be applied to people losing their homes of decades for such relatively piffling reasons as being unable to pay utility bills or local taxes. We read that X-thousand homes have been repossessed and it is a statistic. This film shows a few real people and for them it is, as it is for most people in such a position, tragic beyond expression. Despite the so-called "free society", these people have no recourse but to curse, look upset and to mutter about how they "should" rob a bank to get their own back...but of course will not, in almost all cases. It is a film which makes one angry at the System.

Moore notes another phenomenon common to USA and UK: the takeover of public institutions such as schools and prisons by private contractors. Dreadful and always likely to lead to dreadful results in the end.
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One of the reviews below says that this film is timely. Well that's no acident, it's timely because Mr. Moore is striking while the iron is hot. The film is essentially a colourful and entertaining political tract suggesting viewers dissent against capitalism. And why not? America has always been that insane epicenter of excess and greed, bur previously in a way we could laugh at - not now, now its groteque excesses are not funny in the least. We have Paulson making a personal $20Bn by playing markets and so adding not one jot to the real economy, at the same time as this one in nine Americans is on food stamps - and they are on food stamps precisely because of the Wall Street that made Paulson his money! And if this were not bad enough these same ordinary folks watching the rich get richer have to put up their tax dollars to save the institutions that caused the mess in the first place! Yes, America has absolutely reached new heights of imbalance and inequality and this film gives you a glimpse of all that. We get footage of people being turned out of their homes, we get footage of documentary about the disintegration of Rome to which Moore compares America, we get Jimmy Carter almost preeching to he American people that their greed and materialism has become hideous, and we get an expose of the corruption of the politicians and regulators that was a contributor the prpoerty bubble and the mess America is in (and that has taken the rest of us with it). So what is going on in the USA now is horrible and, to me at least, disgusting. However, despite this ugly focus the film itself is entertaining and funny.Read more ›
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