Corporation With A Movie Camera

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0:00 Bars and tone, slate, count-in, black.

1:10 Black and white footage of film reels falling.

1:29 Black and white footage of man doing radio report. Imitates old newsreels.

2:47 History is written by the victors – corporation writes industrial film. Titles.

3:14 Shows camera, points out viewfinder. Clip from old industrial with ships.

3:37 Voice over talks about the ocean. He talks about a journey to a tropical area.

6:14 We see the film footage played and edited and transcribed. We read text about Sumatra’s relationship with Goodyear, romanticized as if it were the Sumatrans who were mainly benefitting from the corporation’s presence. Quote by Joseph Conrad.

8:43 Camera – point of view.

8:54 Yes, Bananas. More is read by the man into the microphone. Section on banana plantation. Poem in by Pablo Neruda read in Spanish, translated to English on-screen.

15:05 Instructional film about television and education. The shaping of different minds: three films. All are about bananas and are edited from the same footage for three different audiences.

17:54 Stories, myths, families. Man driving, reciting story. Really bad acting. Woman talks about life in South America versus life here.

24:53 Globalizing desire. Hoover film about South American markets. Woman vacuums and talks about the problems with life in America.

28:10 In another part of the world, American industry was championed by the military. General McAurthur promoted Coca-Cola in so that his troops in the Philippines could have it to drink. Clips from DZTV – Manila. Clips of field workers stopping to drink Coke.

31:37 Epilogue. Poem read about America’s destruction. Cleaning woman sings about Hoover.

33:37 Credits.

34:45 End of tape.



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