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Zeitgeist: The Movie

Zeitgeist: The Movie (2007)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 2007 Wide

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Zeitgeist was created as a non-profit filmiac expression to inspire people to start looking at the world from a more critical perspective and to understand that very often things are not what the population at large think they are.

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Documentary, Drama, Special Interest

Peter Joseph

Jan 23, 2012

Independent Films

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I like to learn about DIFFERENT points of views!
August 26, 2013
Tomassgringo

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Less of a documentary and more of a strung together series of vignettes on conspiracy theories and pablam, "Zeitgeist" does at least do what it purports to do: make the audience think of the world critically. It does inspire the viewer to look deeply into the recesses of history and question the government, the markets, and even religion, but it is not a well done documentary, if you can even call it that. Originally the three parts of this film were YouTube videos put up by the director, Peter Joseph. The ramblings of this internet poster generated interest and now Joseph has made three films questioning everything from public education to the financial collapse in 2008. It's not the content that is questionable, because Joseph actually researches and backs up many of his claims with some irrefutable and scientific data, calling upon scientists, politicians, and professors to help prove basic claims. This particular "Zeitgeist" film covers three parts, but not equally. The first section is a brief overview on the specifics of religion and how many religions have similar origin stories for their messiahs. This section doesn't make any argument and is short compared to the rest. The middle part revolves around a conspiracy perpetrated by the United States government to stage 9/11. Now, Joseph does make some valid points about some sketchy and basically backwards problems that have arisen, including structural damage of the buildings, inconsistencies about the 9/11 Commission, and testimony that has been unearthed. I'm still not a true believer, because conspiracy theories usually lend to horrific implications without direct, solid proof, and to think that of my government is just too much for me to handle. The last bit is an overview of three US wars and how each of them were for profit, including World War Two. The last bit is muddled compared to the middle, which seems to be the most important to the filmmaker. The most offending part of this is the pretentious overtones of the director, who drags this film out with long sequences of explosions, children crying, mayhem in the streets, all connecting back to the subject matter. Joseph makes himself seem important by including a long prologue showing his "skills" as a filmmaker. Throughout all that gravitas and pretentious dribble there might be a message, but it so alienates the audience that's it's hard to take caution.
February 11, 2013
FrizzDrop

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Having said that crime sells big time, this one calls for humbly adding BS to the list. The sentence quoted below is used in the movie, not in quite a good way:
"You just keep talking about things and saying them over and over and over again, and eventually people believe it."

While the movie includes that line (seemingly opposing the idea), ironically enough, it uses the very same tactic to "educate" the viewers. Partly, if not in whole, but sufficiently enough. If that doesn't bother you much either, it's quite an entertaining ride for what it is. Well, boredom too is an ingredient, but is restrained. Besides, that's subjective like everything else.

Watch this educational movie with due attention & try to benefit from the abundant info it pours out!!! Talking of info, I'd like to share some to add to your knowledge. So, exclusively FYI, had I wanted, I'd have sued the film-makers for mocking ME & questioning MY existence. (And, predictably enough, went ahead to win the case.) But as you may or may not know, MY generosity knows no bounds & forgiveness comes natural to ME.
March 28, 2012
imrealgod

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This film seems to have upset a lot of people. I'm not sure how it can be accused of being biased/unbalanced though. It is challenging what many believe as truth but it points out exactly what the reasoning's are behind every statement it makes, not that it actually makes that many statements, as it generally and quite fairly encourages the audience to research and make up it's own mind. Many will and many won't, but this is the first time I've ever seen a documentary that comes with a comprehensive companion guide. The truths can be harsh, reality often is though, to shy away from it is to neglect ourselves and our fellow man. This film was preaching to the converted as far as I was concerned but it did so better than Loose Change did regarding 9/11 and consolidated what I've read from the likes of Richard Dawkins etc pretty conclusively. For anything it misses out my only answer is that being a film, there is always going to be limited time, hence the companion guide. It does annoy me though the way people use the term Conspiracy Theory in a negative way. By definition, the plot by supposedly orchestrated by Osama bin Laden is a conspiracy theory, I challenge anyone to say the have absolute evidence to say he was responsible. I have a family member fighting in Afghanistan and I just wish he would have sat down and watched this film before signing up, maybe he wouldn't be over there risking his life unnecessarily. The fact of the matter is that he is over there because he's uneducated, he scared, he loves his country even though his government and media have lied to him but most of all because he has a heart of gold but that heart has been manipulated by others for their own gain and that just isn't fair. Maybe the world has gone beyond that point of reasoning or self-though, maybe the governments or the powers that be have already won, if you can get away with 9/11 maybe you can get away with anything, maybe the public just don't want to know but for me 9and hopefully others) the words of Howard Beale ring true 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore'. Seriously though, you believe everything the American Government and the world media tell you? Really? oh, and PS. Comparing this film to other 'conspiracy theorists' who talk of Alien landings and Elvis sightings are only showing their own ignorance. Wake up world or do you not believe, again to quote Howard Beale, your life has value? Question everything, question you president, question your prime minister, question you teachers, parents, governments, authors and friends, question me and get in touch, debate is what separates us from the animals! Also, before you accuse people who agree with and might have had their opinions changed by this film of being weak minded or gullible, we're not the ones who believe in Virgin Birth/Resurrection/The fact that 4 aeroplanes can be hijacked with nail scissors/Anything that W. Bush says/Everything the Media says/buildings that were never hit fall down anyway among many other issues. maybe if we were given believable answers (or any answers at all in some points) we'd be complacent and would go away. Anyway, rant over - at least give this film a try, for what it's worth I think it's spot on.
February 7, 2012
SirPant

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