Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology


Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology (2011)


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With wonderful heart and an impressive sense of scale, Tiffany Shlain's vibrant and insightful documentary, Connected, explores the visible and invisible connections linking major issues of our time-the environment, consumption, population growth, technology, human rights, the global economy-while searching for her place in the world during a transformative time in her life. Employing a splendidly imaginative combination of animation and archival footage, plus several surprises, Shlain constructs a chronological tour of Western modernization through the work of her late father, Leonard Shlain, a surgeon and best-selling author of Art and Physics and The Alphabet Versus the Goddess. With humor and irony, the Shlain family life merges with philosophy to create both a personal portrait and a proposal for ways we can move forward as a civilization. Connected illuminates the beauty and tragedy...

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Peter Coyote
as Narrator
Dale Andrade
as Dale Andrade
Zbigniew Brzezinski
as Zbigniew Brzezinski
Corrado Cantatore
as Corrado Cantatore
Carl Colby
as Carl Colby
Daren Flitcroft
as Daren Flitcroft
Donald Gregg
as Donald Gregg
Seymour Hersh
as Seymour Hersh
Fisher Howe
as Fisher Howe
Thomas Hughes
as Thomas Hughes
Oleg Kalugin
as Oleg Kalugin
Bob Kerrey
as Bob Kerrey
John Langan
as John Langan
James Lilley
as James Lilley
Edward N. Luttwak
as Edward N. Luttwak
Thomas McCoy
as Thomas McCoy
Robert McFarlane
as Robert McFarlane
Elizabeth McIntosh
as Elizabeth McIntosh
H.R. McMaster
as H.R. McMaster
Prof. Hugh Montgomery
as Prof. Hugh Montgomery
John Nagl
as John Nagl
Rufus Phillips
as Rufus Phillips
Walter Pincus
as Walter Pincus
Donald Rumsfeld
as Donald Rumsfeld
Daniel Schorr
as Daniel Schorr
Gen. Brent Scowcroft
as Gen. Brent Scowcroft
Laurence Silberman
as Laurence Silberman
Joseph W. Smith
as Joseph W. Smith
Evan Thomas
as Evan Thomas
Hugh Tovar
as Hugh Tovar
Judge William Webster
as Judge William Webster
Tim Weiner
as Tim Weiner
Bob Woodward
as Bob Woodward
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Critic Reviews for Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8)

A highly energized romp through a myriad of ideas about where the human race is headed.

Feb 4, 2013 | Full Review…

This pro-Internet "declaration of interdependence" has all the narrative focus of a Twitter feed.

Oct 14, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

There are a lot of vibes in this film, most of them vaguely positive. If only "Connected" had a stronger center of gravity.

Oct 13, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

She never figures out what, exactly, the deal is regarding our short attention spans, but her ADD-afflicted film definitely provides evidence that they exist.

Oct 11, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Like Shlain's hand-written diagram in which lines twist and knot while linking various subjects, the film resembles not a coherent thesis but a tangle of semi-related ideas.

Oct 11, 2011 | Full Review…

Shlain struggles to find the thread that connects her father, her upbringing and her own playful curiosity to the complexities of life in the age of texting, tweeting and apps for just about everything.

Oct 6, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology

I saw this at the 2011 Cleveland International Film Fest. Lots of interesting ideas in this doc. Daughter Tiffany makes a film about how it is a small world after all as she thinks about the concepts her father Dr. Leonard Shlain studied. We should think of the world with both hemispheres of our brains. We may want to unplug every now and then to communicate face to face with our friends and neighbors, but the internet today makes us more connected than ever and even is changing the way our neurons fire. Plus because everything is intimately connected neither independence or dependence accurately describe our world. Tiffany demonstrates that the more accurate term is interdependence. Clips from various sources including some Harold Lloyd films as well as the graphics employed make this an entertaining and informative doc.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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