(Advertising), Directed by Jack Conway (1947).
The Hucksters (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM); VHS - 115
min.). Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr, Sydney Greenstreet, Ava
Gardner star in film adaptation of Frederic Wakeman's 1946 novel
of same name. Greenstreet is soap tycoon villain who illustrates
cynical view of advertising industry.
(Advertising), Directed by Frank Tashlin
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter (VHS - 93 min.). Spoof of
the TV advertising industry - low man on the advertising
agency's totem pole finds the perfect spokesmodel for Stay-Put
lipstick - causes problems.
(Advertising), Directed by Yasuzo Masumura
(1958). Kyojin to Gangu (95 min.). Advertising executive
for a caramel company that is planning to launch a new product,
in fierce competition with two other companies; tries to extract
information about his competitors advertising campaigns, from
his girlfriend, who works for one rival, and his old college
friend, who works for the other rival company.
(Advertising), Directed by Delbert Mann
Lover Come Back (DVD - 107 min.).
Lover Come Back (VHS - 107 min.) Advertising industry
comedy - pre-feminist studies of women in the workplace. Rock
Hudson, Doris Day star as advertising executives in different
agencies. She tries to get him thrown of the industry, he bribes
a woman who is to testify against him by starring her in a
commercial for a nonexistent product which he then must invent;
he impersonates its inventor, she tries to get the new product
(Advertising), Directed by H. Bruce
Humberstone (1962). Madison Avenue 20th Century Fox, 90
min.). Dana Andrews, Eleanor Parker, Dana Andrews.
(Advertising), Directed by Norman Jewison
The Thrill of It All
(DVD -108 min.).
The Thrill of It All
(VHS -108 min.). Advertising industry comedy - woman turns
from a housewife into a famous television personality doing TV
commercials for a soap manufacturer.
(Advertising), Directed by Robert Downey Sr.
Putney Swope. (DVD- 84 min.);
Putney Swope. (VHS - 84 min.). The board of directors at a
Madison Avenue ad agency must elect a new chairman, and, in the
maneuvering to make sure that enemies don't get votes, all the
board members accidentally cast their ballot for the board's
token black man, Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson). Swope
immediately cleans house and transforms the agency into New
York's hippest shop with a Black Power mentality and a
willingness to tell previously unspoken truths in advertising.
(Advertising), Directed by Jan Egleson (1990).
A Shock to the System (DVD - 91 min.).
A Shock to the System (VHS - 91 min.). Michael Caine
stars as an advertising executive already celebrating his
anxiously awaited promotion when he learns that one of his
subordinates will be promoted instead. Frustrated that his hated
life will never change, he starts a cunning ploy to take bloody
revenge on everyone who humiliated him - starting with his
(Advertising), Directed by Barak Goodman
The Merchants of Cool (VHS - 55 min.). TV Documentary -
examines how businesses seek the ever-elusive "cool" and use it
to sell products to teens (more than 30 million, command over
150 billion dollars in disposable income, exposed to over 3000
advertising messages in an average day). Once corporations find
cool, it soon ceases to be so; means marketers constantly search
for new products and strategies to capture the attention of
their target audience. This documentary also looks at how real
life and TV life blur, acting like a feedback loop to push
popular teen culture towards more violent and sexual behaviors.
(Advertising), Directed by Lars Kraume (2001).
Viktor Vogel - Commercial Man (aka
"Advertising Rules" (DVD - 108 min.).
"Advertising Rules" (VHS - 108 min.). Shenanigans
in trying to land the Opel auto contract.
Directed by Jam Handy (Advertising) (2004).
History of Advertising: Automobiles (1930-1940). (DVD -
117 min.). Some of these advertisements were shown as newsreels
before motion pictures. Others were actually some of the first
ads ever to appear on television! Depicts classic advertisement
films and examples of automobile centric stories. It includes
classic "Capitalistic Realist" dramas showing the manufacture of
cars from foundry to finished vehicle. Also features examples of
a day in the life of automobile workers in the U.S. while
attempting to convince them that their own fortunes were
inexorably linked to the fortunes of the company.
(Advertising), Directed by Scott Reid (2004).
History of Advertising: General (1930-1950). (DVD - 117
min.). Shows you the myriad of creative ways advertising
agencies used to sell their products including: Sky writing -
Billboard advertisements - Short films - Electric signs. Imagine
being an advertising executive at the heart of the Great
Depression - the worst economic cycle in American history. Most
people did not have any spare cash. It was virtually impossible
to get people to spend money! Yet, unless admen wanted to find
themselves on the unemployment line they had to find a way. A
complete track by track list of the interesting topics on the
disk includes: Nonesuch Coffee - Behind the Bright Lights - Sky
Billboards - Time Savers for House Makers - Film Mystery, A
(Dreft Screen Ad) - For Good Living (Brown Derby Beer Promo) -
True Experience of Officer Harold Sewell, The - To Market, To
Market (Part I) - To Market, To Market (Part II) - Curtis-Wright
Shorts (7 Subjects) - An Old Chinese Proverb: One Picture Is
Worth Ten Thousand Words.
(Advertising), Directed by: Paul Weitz (2004).
In Good Company (DVD -110 min.;
In Good Company (VHS -110 min.; Universal City,
CA: Universal Pictures). Dennis Quaid stars as an employee
demoted from head of ad sales for a major magazine when the
company he works for is acquired in a corporate takeover. His
new boss, Topher Grace, a business school grad up on latest
b-school buzz, is half his age. Quaid is old school - develops
clients through handshake deals and relationships. Grace
believes in synergy, cross-promotion (the magazine with the cell
phone division and "Krispity Krunch," a snack food under the
same corporate umbrella [a la AOL/Time Warner concept]). Quaid -
married, two teenage daughters, gets shocked when his wife tells
him she's pregnant with a new child = can't afford to lose his
job in the wave of corporate layoffs because of mortgage,
college tuition, new child. Grace - newly married, dumped by his
wife of seven months just as he gets his promotion. New
complication develops - Grace begins an affair with Quaid's
daughter (Scarlett Johansson) = makes a difficult relationship
History Of Advertising - General (1950-1970), 119 min.).
Vintage collection of high quality movie clips is the finest
collection of advertising snapshots available, providing a
valuable insight into the marketing strategies implemented
during this period; fairly complete panorama of the first
decades of television advertising. Lots of the ads are classics.
Others are a good reminder that television standards have
changed a good deal over time; how television advertising
started in the 1950s, and how it changed into a much more
professional, sophisticated marketing tool by the end of the
History of Advertising: General, 1930-1970 (Bundle Pack),
237 min.). History of Advertising General: 1930-1950 (2-DVD
Set); History of Advertising General: 1950-1970 (2-DVD Set).
(Advertising) Directed by Morgan
Spurlock (2011). The Greatest Movie Ever
Sold. (Los Angeles, CA: Sony Pictures Classics, 90 min.).
Product placement. Documentary about branding, advertising and
product placement that is financed and made possible by brands,
advertising and product placement; satire of the process of
placing products into movies and the ubiquitous nature of
advertising in society; what it takes to make a movie and to
gain corporate sponsorship for it - got corporations to
underwrite movie about product placement; insidious way into
which advertising has slipped into film-making and become a
major part of its profit model of film making.
(Agribusiness), Directed by D. Ross Lederman
(1938). Racketeers of the Range (62 min.). Large packing
company is trying to obtain a monopoly by taking over the last
small independent meat packer while owner of the largest ranch
is trying to stop it. When independent meat packer agrees to
sell, ranch owner gets a delay by forcing the small company to
declare bankruptcy and having himself made receiver. Now the
large company has to deal with him, resorts to rustling when he
(Aircraft), Directed by Martin Scorsese
The Aviator (DVD - 169 min.;
The Aviator (VHS - 169 min.; Burbank, CA: Warner
Brothers Entertainment). The early years of legendary director
and aviator Howard Hughes' career, from the late 1920's to the
(Automotive), Directed by Daniel Petrie
The Betsy (DVD - 125 min.).
The Betsy (VHS - 125 min.) Laurence Olivier, Robert
Duvall, Katherine Ross, Tommy Lee Jones star - patriarch of a
family-owned corporation hires a young race car driver to help
him design a fuel efficient car in secrecy. They face resistance
from the president of the company (the patriarch's grandson),
who wishes to eliminate the motor car division because of bad
blood between himself and his grandfather. Race car driver gets
deeper into the web of deception and corporate intrigue.
(Automotive), Directed by Ron Howard (1986).
Gung Ho (DVD - 112 min.).
Gung Ho (VHS - 112 min.). (Paramount). Hunt Stevenson
(Michael Keaton) persuades a Japanese auto firm to reopen his
hometown's auto factory, he's a hero. Japanese hire him to
enforce their policies among his American co-workers = head-on
cultural collision, suddenly finds himself having to justify his
own job, he's forced to choose between redundancy or the
seemingly inhuman Japanese work ethic that the new owners have
brought with them.
(Automotive), Directed by Michael Verhoeven
Killing Cars (DVD - 104 min.).
Killing Cars (VHS -104 min.). Story of automotive
intrigue, oil barons, corporate finance, and international
villainy. Inventor of an environmentally friendly car powered by
energy cells, after having given his patented worldcar to a
German automaker for testing, becomes the target of killers who
want his patent. Evil Arab petroleum lords also want to stop
this threat to the gasoline market.
(Automotive), Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (DVD - 110 min.);
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (VHS - 110 min.); Based on
a true story. Shortly after World War II, Preston Tucker, played
by Jeff Bridges, is a grandiose schemer with a new dream, to
produce the best cars ever made. With the assistance of Abe
Karatz and some impressive salesmanship on his own part, he
obtains funding and begins to build his factory. The whole movie
also has many parallels with director Coppola's own efforts to
build a new movie studio of his own.
(Automotive), Directed by Michael Moore
Roger and Me. (DVD - 91 min.);
Roger and Me (VHS - 91 min.). A documentary about the
closure of General Motors' plant at Flint, Michigan, which
resulted in the loss of 30,000 jobs. Details the attempts of
filmmaker Michael Moore to get an interview with GM CEO Roger
(Automotive), Directed by Jim Klein (1996).
Taken for a Ride (52 min.). How the American auto industry
engineered the demise of city public-transit systems.
Biography - Henry Ford: Tin Lizzy Tycoon - (DVD - 50
min; A & E Home Studio).
(Automotive), Directed by Marc Abraham (2008).
Flash of Genius (Intermittent Productions, 119 min.).
True story of one man's long legal battle with auto industry
which nobody thought he could win; Robert W. Kearns (Greg
Kinnear), Engineering Mechanics professor at Wayne State
University and part-time inventor received patent in 1967 for
Intermittent Windshield Wipers, device eventually be used by
every car in world; auto makers refused licensing deals, shunned
him, infringed on his patent (he claimed they stole his idea),
buried him in years of litigation; Kearns became obsessed with
justice, conviction that his life's work-or for that matter,
anyone's work-be acknowledged by those who stood to benefit;
refused to compromise his dignity; sued Ford in 1978, Chrysler
in 1982 for patent infringement; Ford settled, paid Kearns $10.2
million; Chrysler was ordered to pay Kearns $18.7 million and
interest, upheld in 1995 by Supreme Court on appeal by Chrysler.
(Banking), Directed by Frank Capra (1932).
American Madness (VHS - 75 min.). Banker as hero -
loosely based on A. P. Giannini, founder of Bank of America.
(Banking), Directed by Alfred L. Werker
(1934). The House of Rothschild, 94 min.). The story of
the rise of the Rothschild financial empire founded by Mayer
Rothschild and continued by his five sons. From humble
beginnings the business grows and helps to finance the war
against Napoleon, but it's not always easy, especially because
of the predjudices against the family.
(Banking), Directed Frank Capra (1946).
It's A Wonderful Life (DVD - 130 min.);
It's A Wonderful Life (VHS -130 min.); Miserly banker,
ultimate postwar villain, seeks to buy out small businessmen and
independent operators and consolidate power. Soldiers had
returned from WW II gto find country rules by huge companies
which had grown fat on wartime contracts.
(Banking), Directed by Hasada Masato (1999).
Spellbound ( 114 min.). Arrest of a sokaiya gangster
exposes links between the Asahi Central Bank and the Yakuza (the
Japanese equivalent of the Mafia).
(Banking), Directed by John Mackenzie (2001).
Quicksand (DVD - 94 min.);
Quicksand (VHS - 94 min.); Michael Keaton and Michael
Caine star - workaholic head of the compliance section of a New
York bank flies to Monaco to investigate unusual unusual
deposits from an offshore bank and meets a down-on-his-luck
international film star who has become embroiled in criminal
(Beverages), Directed by Billy Wilder (1961).
One, Two, Three. (DVD - 110 min.).;
One, Two, Three. (VHS - 110 min.). C.R. MacNamara
presides over the Coca-Cola branch of Germany. He is working
hard and trying his very best to impress the Atlanta
headquarters, since he has heard that the European headquarters
in London will soon be looking for a new head. Now, Coca-Cola
boss Mr. Hazeltine asks MacNamara to take care of his daughter
Scarlett, who is going to take a trip to Europe. Scarlett,
however, does not behave the way a young respectable girl of her
age should: Instead of sightseeing, she goes out until the early
morning and has lots of fun. Finally, she falls in love with
Otto Piffl, a young man from East Berlin and a flaming
Communist, and marries him surprisingly. When MacNamara hears of
this, he intrigues quite a bit with the help of his assistant
Schlemmer to get Piffl into an East German prison, but when he
also gets note of his Boss and wife coming over to visit their
daughter in Berlin, he needs to get Piffl out again, convert him
to Capitalism and present him as a fine young and noble husband
in order to get his London post, and all of that very quick!
(Beverages), Telefilm (1997). Whisky Man:
Inside the Dynasty of Samuel Bronfman. (Montreal, QU:
Telefilm, 48 minutes). Bronfman, Sam; Seagram's.
Biography - Coors (VHS; A & E Entertainment). From the
vision of Adolph Coors, a German immigrant who founded the
company in 1873, to the controversy that their staunch
right-wing views attract; how the beer developed a near-cult
following in the west before going nationwide; tragedies the
Coors have overcome, how they have handled accusations of
racism, homophobia and unfair labor practices.
(Beverages), Directed by Jonathan Nossiter
Mondovino (DVD - 158 min.; New York, NY; Paris, FR:
Goatwork Films/Films of the Crusades). Trained Sommelier.
Globalization of the wine industry. Three powerful Italian
families and a powerful Napa Valley newcomer struggle for
winemaking dominance - behind-the-scenes struggles of modern-day
winemaking - economic/cultural changes and disappearing
traditions in today's wine world. Criticizes Napa Valley and the
"globalization" of fine wines, Robert Mondavi Winery portrayed
as corporate merchandiser.
(Beverages), Directed by Marc Francis, Nick
Francis (2007). Black Gold. (Fulcrum Productions Ltd., 78
min.). Ethiopia; Coffee; Farmer; Business; Economics. Journey of
world's coffee trade, from consumers to farmers; 2 1/2 year tour
of coffee fields in Ethiopia by Tadesse Meskela, General Manager
of the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (represents
74,000 Ethiopian farmers); conditions farmers work with, meager
amounts of money they make, while world gulps coffee.
(Beverages), Directed by Randall Miller
(2008). Bottle Shock (Intellectual Properties Worldwide,
110 min.). True story of early days of California wine making;
1976 - infamous, blind Paris wine tasting ("Judgment of Paris")
in which California wines defeated French selections, put
California wines on the map. Napa Valley's Jim Barrett of
Chateau Montelena (Bill Pullman); Steven Spurrier (Alan Rickman)
struggles to keep his Parisian wine shop going. Spurrier
conceives a contest to attract customers between his beloved
French growers and upstart Yanks; flies to Napa to look around,
persuades Barretts to compete; historical look at California
wine country; changed face of wine industry forever.
(Beverages), Directed by Ross Clenenden and
Paul Hawley (2009). Corked (28 Entertainment, 90 min.).
Wry, comedic look at the wine business, its characters from
insiders who know whole wacky journey from grape vine to glass;
shot in Sonoma County during 2005 harvest, focuses on four
wineries located in Dry Creek region of Sonoma County, various
characters competing for all-important approval of high-powered
wine critic and for first-place trophy in fictional Golden
Harvest Award festivities; lampoons puffy egos of vintners,
sommeliers, wine critics, wine marketers, know-it-all fans in
faux travel guide through Northern California vineyards.
(Broadcasting), Directed by Walter Lang
Desk Set (DVD - 103 min.);
Desk Set (VHS - 103 min.). Bunny Watson (Katharine
Hepburn) head the research department at the Federal
Broadcasting Company, a major TV network. Assigned by the
network president to introduce computers into some of the
department's functions, methods engineer" Richard Sumner
(Spencer Tracy) arrives to observe daily activities.
Unfortunately, however, Sumner is ordered to keep his mission
secret. As a result, the whole staff believes they are being
replaced. To make matters worse, there appears to be more than a
little electricity between Bunny and Sumner, which upsets
Bunny’s boyfriend Mike (Gig Young). As the tension mounts in the
office, so do the laughs in this classic romantic comedy.
(Business Growth and Influence), Directed by
Jennifer Abbott, Mark Achbar (2004).
The Corporation (DVD - 145 min.; Vancouver, BC: Big
Picture Media Corporation). Documentary skewers business -
examines the far-reaching repercussions of the corporation’s
increasing preeminence, analyzes the nature of the corporate
institution, its impacts on the planet, and what people are
doing in response (based on Bakan's book "The Corporation: The
Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power"). 40 interview
subjects: CEOs and top-level executives from a range of
industries and disciplines (oil, pharmaceutical, computer, tire,
manufacturing, public relations, branding, advertising and
undercover marketing); in addition, a Nobel-prize winning
economist, the first management guru, a corporate spy, a range
of academics, critics, historians and thinkers.
(Business Growth and Influence), Directed by
Lori Cheatle, Daisy Wright (2004). This Land Is Your Land.
Look at the impact of major corporations on American life, told
largely from the point of view of ordinary citizens. The film
examines both evident and lesser known areas of corporate
influence, hears how people across the country feel their own
lives have been affected, and looks at some of the brave,
compelling and sometimes hilarious ways in which individuals and
communities are reacting.
(Business Services), Directed by Robert Altman
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (DVD - 120 min.;
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (VHS - 120 min.). Warren Beatty and
Julie Christie star - Charismatic but dumb John McCabe arrives
in a young Pacific Northwest town to set up a whorehouse/tavern.
Mrs. Miller, a professional madam, offers to use her experience
to help McCabe run his business, while sharing in the profits.
Whorehouse thrives, McCabe and Mrs. Miller draw closer, despite
conflicting intelligences and philosophies, town's mining
deposits attract the attention of a major corporation which
wants to buy out McCabe along with the rest. He refuses, and his
decision has major repercussions for him, Mrs. Miller, and the
(Business Services), Directed by Cameron Crowe
Jerry Maguire (DVD - 139 min.);
Jerry Maguire (VHS - 139 min.); Gracie Films. Sports
agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it;
decides to put his new philosophy ('he owes his all to his
client') to the test as an independent with the only athlete who
stays with him.
(Capitalism), Directed by Lewis D. Collins
(1935). Make a Million (68 min.). A college economics
professor's "radical" ideas about capitalism get him fired. When
he decides to put those ideas into practice, he finds that they
actually do generate him huge amounts of money. Soon a local
banker and others who scoffed at his ideas see the amount of
money he's making and try to cheat him out of his system.
(Capitalism), Directed by Lindsay Anderson
O Lucky Man! (VHS - 183 min.). This sprawling,
surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of
capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee
salesman in Europe.
(Capitalism), Directed by Tim Forbes (1977).
The Lions of Capitalism ( 55 min.). Documentary.
(Capitalism), Directed by Pavel Lungin (2002).
Oligarkh (DVD - 128 min.);
Oligarkh (VHS -128 min.). Patterned after life of exiled
Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, once one of Russia's wealthiest
and most notorious businessmen (former mathematician bankrolled
Yelsin's 1996 re-election campaign). Fictional account of rise
and fall of Platon Makovsky, post-Soviet businessman and power
broke who, with four friends during the Gorbachev years, jumped
on the private capitalism movement. 20 years later - Platon
finds himself the richest man in Russia, having sacrificed his
friends to get to the top. But with this cynical rise, came a
brutal fall - in 2000 Putin vowed elimination of oligarchs.
Makes Russia's reviled business tycoons of the 1990's look sexy.
Screenplay based on "The Big Cut", best-selling novel by Yuli
Dubov (head of Iogovaz, car dealership set up by Berezovsky in
the early 1990's).
(Capitalists), Directed by Tim Forbes (1977).
The Lions of Capitalism: Great American Millionaires.
(VHS - 55 min.). Chronicles the achievements of the great
capitalists: J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and Ray
Kroc. Orson Welles, Robert McNeil and broadcaster Lowell Thomas
Biography - Andrew Carnegie (VHS; A & E Entertainment).
Biography - J. Pierpont Morgan (VHS; A & E
Biography - Vanderbilts (VHS; A & E Entertainment).
Warren Buffett Talks Business (VHS; PBS Home Video).
Filmed in late 1994 before an audience of business students at
the University of North Carolina.
(Capitalists), Directed by Lisa D. Gildehaus
Warren Buffett - Oracle of Omaha. (VHS - 60 min.;
Milwaukee, WI: Riveting Pictures). Documentary about billionaire
Warren Buffett and his annual shareholders meeting in Omaha,
(Commodities), Directed by D. W. Griffith
A Corner in Wheat (VHS - 14 min.). One-reel adaptation
of Frank Norris novel ("The Pit"). Ruthless businessman tries to
manipulate and corner world market in wheat - disastrous impact
on farmers and consumers; gets trapped in a grain elevator,
buried by avalanche of grain. Film personalizes business and
offers punishment when pursuit of profit outweighs social
(Computers), Directed by Barry Levinson
Disclosure (DVD - 129 min.);
Disclosure (VHS - 129 min.). Tom Sanders
(Michael Douglas) a brilliant analyst for the Digicom
Corporation, a computer company in Seattle, Washington. Happily
married with two young children, Tom had big hopes for a
promotion to the top brass by his boss, Bob Garvin (Donald
Sutherland). Unstead, it goes to Meredith Johnson (Demi Moore),
Tom's seductive ex-girlfriend. Somehow Tom takes it with a grain
of salt, until a personal meeting turns unto a night seduction
when Meredith decides to relive her sexual fantasy and pick up
from where they left off. Tom refuses and shoves her away,
making Meredith completely frustrated. Tom only choice is to sue
Meredith for sexual harassment. But then everyone in the company
believes it was the other way around and his boss wants to
transfer him to an another division, forcing him to lose
everything Tom has ever gained. But Tom's not going down without
a fight. He has only four days to confess his innocence, save
his marriage, and his job. Can he do it? Does he stand a chance?
(Computers), Directed by Guy Evans (2002).
The King of Capitalism: Thomas Watson and IBM. TV
(Computers), Directed by Mick Jackson (2002).
The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest (DVD - 105
The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest (VHS-105
min.). Andy, a successful marketing guy quits his job, because
he feels disconnected with the values about work he learned from
his father. He gets a new job at a top notch research facility,
where he quickly makes a powerful enemy who makes him volunteer
for a nearly impossible project: The $99 Personal Computer. He
recruits the only available guys at the lab, three sociopaths.
Together they really compile a revolutionary PC for $99, but
then they become the victims of a venture capitalist and Andy's
old foe from the research lab. Can he and his new friends find a
way to overcome the problems?
(Computers), Directed by Robert Baca & Joshua
Welcome to Macintosh: The Documentary for the Rest of Us.
(Portland, OR s: Film Baby, 83 minutes). Early years of Apple,
many challenges Apple faced, what future may hold for
company, its products. Ex-Apple employees, engineers, community members offer insight on company's innovations,
failures, cultural impact, what future may be like beyond
reign of co-founder Steve Jobs.
(Construction), Directed by Bill Ferehawk,
Bill Kubota (2002). Lustron: The House America's Been Waiting
For (57 min.). TV Documentary - rise and fall of engineering
visionary Carl Strandlund and his post-World-War-II brainchild,
the Lustron porcelain-enameled-steel manufactured house (same
material used to construct gas stations and White Castle
(Corporate Culture, Directed by Nunnally
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. (DVD - 153 min.);
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. (VHS - 153 min.).
Corporate culture emerging in the years following the second
World War. Tom and Betsy Rath (Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones),
a young suburban Connecticut couple with three healthy children,
a nice home, a steady income. Tom finds himself caught up in the
corporate rat race, confronts his past and future, decides his
family is more important than the offer of a new job.
(Corporate Culture), Directed by Ron Howard
Gung Ho (DVD - 112 min.);
Gung Ho (VHS - 112 min.). Michael Keaton stars as Hunt
Steven, liaison between an American car manufacturing plant and
Japanese managers - must mediate the clash of work attitudes
between the foreign management and native labor; finds himself
having to justify his own job, forced to choose between
redundancy or the seemingly inhuman Japanese work ethic that the
new owners have brought with them.
(Corporate Culture), Directed by Philip
Rising Sun (DVD - 129 min);
Rising Sun (VHS - 129 min). (Los Angeles, CA: Twentieth
Century Fox). Corporations, Japanese--California--Los
Angeles--Drama; Japanese--California--Los Angeles--Drama;
Corporate culture--Japan--Drama; Corporate
culture--California--Los Angeles--Drama; Business
Legislators--California--Los Angeles--Drama. At the offices of a
Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who's evidently a
professional mistress, is found dead, apparently after some
rough sex. A police detective, Web Smith is called in to
investigate but before getting there, he gets a call from
someone who instructs him to pick up John Connor, a former
police Captain and expert on Japanese affairs. When they arrive
there Web thinks that everything is obvious but Connor tells him
that there's a lot more going on. Connor discovers that the
woman was kept by Eddie Sakamura, the son of a man Connor knew
in Japan. And while Web thinks that they should bring Eddie in,
Eddie asks Connor for some time to prove his innocence. Connor
gives it to him, cause he is beholden to Eddie's father. But
when evidence shows that Eddie's the killer, Connor and Smith
are in hot water with their superiors, and when they try to get
Eddie, a high speed chase ensues with Eddie getting killed. But
Connor still thinks that there is something funny going on,
especially when he discovers that the evidence they were given
(Disaster), Directed by Steven Zaillian
A Civil Action (DVD - 112 min.);
A Civil Action (VHS - 112 min.). Jan Schlittman
(Travolta) agrees to represent eight families whose children
died from leukemia after two large corporations leaked toxic
chemicals into the water supply of Woburn, Massachusetts - case
becomes his obsession, to the extent that he is willing to give
up everthing - including his career and his clients' goals, in
order to continue the case against all odds.
(Disaster), Directed by Mahesh Mathai (1999).
Bhopal Express (DVD - 100 min.). (Bombay, IN: Highlight
Films). Drama about a newlywed couple whose lives are changed on
the night of December 2,1984. Tons of toxic gas (methyl
isocyanate) leaked from a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India,
killing 4,000 people overnight, 8,000 people in its immediate
aftermath and causing multi-systemic injuries to over 500,000
residents; created the largest industrial disaster ever -- a
disaster still being felt by the people of Bhopal. This film is
a striking interpretation of the circumstances of the tragedy.
(Disaster), Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Erin Brockovich (DVD - 130 min.);
Erin Brockovich (VHS - 130 min.). Erin Brockovich (Julia
Roberts) is an unemployed single mother, desperate to find a
job, but is having no luck. This losing streak even extends to a
failed lawsuit against a doctor in a car accident she was in.
With no alternative, she successfully browbeats her lawyer to
give her a job in compensation for the loss. While no one takes
her seriously, with her trashy clothes and earthy manners, that
soon changes when she begins to investigate a suspicious real
estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. What
she discovers is that the company is trying quietly to buy land
that was contaminated by hexavalent chromium, a deadly toxic
waste that the company is improperly and illegally dumping and,
in turn, poisoning the residents in the area. As she digs
deeper, Erin finds herself leading point in a series of events
that would involve her lawfirm in one of the biggest class
action lawsuits in American history against a multi-billion
(Economics) (1950). How to Lose What We
Have. Political parable urging continued emphasis on a
free-market economy rather than resorting to government takeover
of business - whether through communism or fascism. The promise
of ideals such as full employment is contrasted with
accompanying sacrifices in private choice.
(Economics), Produced/Directed by Suman Ghosh
(2003). Amartya Sen: A Life Reexamined. (Brooklyn, NY:
First Run/Icarus Films, 56 minutes). Department of Economics
(Florida Atlantic University). Documentary about the life and
work of Amartya Sen, the 1998 Nobel Laureate in Economics (for
Social Choice Theory), first Asian to win the coveted prize
since it was first awarded in 1969. Film framed by a
conversation between Sen and Professor Kaushik Basu, Sen's
student and fellow economist, interspersed with commentary from
other Nobel Laureates, renowned scholars, and politicians who
have a close understanding of the life and work of Amartya Sen.
Director examines assumptions behind Sen's Social Choice Theory,
captures the on-the-ground reality of rural literacy programs,
on which Sen has pinned such great hope and trust for the
improvement of the lives of poverty stricken masses.
(Economics-Consumerism-Credit), Directed by
James D. Scurlock (2005).
Maxed Out (DVD - 90 min). Consumer credit--United
States; Debt--United States. Journey deep inside American
debt-style, where everything seems okay as long as the minimum
monthly payment arrives on time. Shows how modern financial
industry really works, explains true definition of "preferred
customer", tells why poor are getting poorer, rich getting
(Electronics), Directed by Billy Wilder
Sabrina (DVD - 112 min.); .
Sabrina (VHS - 113 min.). Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) is
the young daughter of the Larrabee family's chauffeur who has
been in love with David Larrabee (William Holden) for all her
life. David is very spoiled and crazy for women, and has been
totally ignoring Sabrina for years. When Sabrina goes to Paris
for a few years, she returns a very attractive and sophisticated
woman, and David is quickly drawn to her. David's brother Linus
(Humphrey Bogart) sees this and fears that David's imminent
wedding with a very rich woman may be endangered. If the wedding
is canceled, so will a great corporate deal with the bride's
family. So, Linus tries to keep Sabrina away from his brother,
and the best way to do so is by charming her himself.
(Electronics), Directed by Sydney Pollack
Sabrina, (DVD - 127 min.);
Sabrina (VHS - 127 min.). Sabrina (Julia Ormond) is the
young daughter of the Larrabee family's chauffeur who has been
in love with David Larrabee (Greg Kinnear) for all her life.
David is very spoiled and crazy for women, and has been totally
ignoring Sabrina for years. When Sabrina goes to Paris for a few
years, she returns a very attractive and sophisticated woman,
and David is quickly drawn to her. David's brother Linus
(Harrison Ford) sees this and fears that David's imminent
wedding with a very rich woman may be endangered. If the wedding
is canceled, so will a great corporate deal with the bride's
family (developed reviltionary flat-screen TV technology). So,
Linus tries to keep Sabrina away from his brother, and the best
way to do so is by charming her himself.
(Electronics), Directed by Don Hardy Jr.
(2006). Sound Man: WW II to MP3, 58 min.). Documentary
film about Jack Mullin, developed magnetic tape recorder.
Soldier with Signal Corps stationed in England during
World War II, discovered German Magnetophones; returned to U.
S., reassembled, improved, modified (added dc biasing);
August 1947 - awarded contract to record, edit Bing
Crosby's "Philco Radio Time" program on ABC radio; became
linchpin for U.S. recording industry (voices of Bing Crosby, Les
Paul, others saved for future generations). Interviews with Les
Paul, Greg Kihn, Chuck D., Stephen Stills, Bing Crosby's widow
Kathryn, Mullin's friends and family.
(Entertainment), Directed by Allan Moyle
Empire Records (DVD - 90 min.);
Empire Records (VHS - 90 min.). Independent music store
in dire trouble of being sold to a large chain, Music Town.
After Lucas, an employee, fails to raise money to buy the store,
employees band together to do so.
(Entertainment), Directed by Miki Mistrati,
Thomas Stockholm (2001). Porno på Vrangen. TV Documentary
- portrait of the Danish porn business which generates millions
of kroners. It takes a closer look at those who make a lot of
money on pornography, e.g. the gas stations, video stores,
hotels, and not the least the phone companies.
(Entertainment), Directed by Barry Avrich
The Last Mogul: The Life and Times of Lew Wasserman.
(Washington, DC: (distributed by) ThinkFilm, Washington, DC).
President, CEO (Echo Advertising). 110 min. Documentary traces
growth of entertainment business from vaudeville roots through
silent pictures, talkies, radio and television to modern global
entertainment conglomerates. Based on original material and NOT
on any previously published books.
(Entertainment), Directed by Ben Niles (2007).
Note By Note: The Making of Steinway L1037. (So. Orange,
NJ: Plow Productions (Ben@plowproductions.com), 81 min.).
Feature-length independent documentary follows year-long
creation of 9-foot Steinway concert grand piano from forest
floor to concert hall, starting in December 2003; relationship
between musician, instrument; manufacturing process (from
factory floor in Queens to Steinway Hall in Manhattan, 12
months, 12,000 parts, 450 craftsmen, countless hours of
fine-tuned labor); first documentary to portray patience, craft,
personality built into each Steinway.
(Entertainment), Director/Writer, Susan
Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built (DVD - 120
min.); Thirteen/WNET and Warner Music Group. "The Atlantic
Sound" sprang from the small record label Ertegun co-founded in
1947. Follows Ertegun's remarkable career and its impact on the
evolution of the world's most popular musical genre while
offering an insider's look at the recording industry. Original
PBS documentary features rare, private and classic clips, as
well as performances and studio sessions with such Atlantic
recording artists as Solomon Burke, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton,
Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Kid Rock, Ben E.
King, Led Zeppelin, & many more.
(Entrepreneurship), Directed by Charles Shyer
Baby Boom (DVD - 110 min.);
(VHS - 110 min.). Diane Keaton stars as a successful New
York business woman, known as the "tiger lady", gets news of an
inheritance from a relative from another country - not money, a
baby girl. Gradually gets attached to the child, gets fired,
moves to a two story cottage in Vermont, gets bored one snowy
day and decides to make apple sauce, baby loves it, she decides
to sell it, becomes a new product sensation, falls in love with
a local veterinarian.
(Entrepreneurship), Directed by Chris Hegedus,
Jehane Noujaim (2001).
Startup.com. (DVD - 103 min.);
Startup.com (VHS - 103 min.). Documentary of the rise and
fall of an Internet business. Traces the birth and failure of
new media company govWorks.com, Web site for people to conduct
business with municipal governments, from May 1999 - December
2000. Tests relationship of two best friends. Kaleil
raises the money, Tom's the technical chief. A third partner
wants a buy out; girlfriends come and go; Tom's daughter needs
attention. And always the need for cash and for improving the
site. Venture capital comes in by the millions. Kaleil is on
C-SPAN, CNN, and magazine covers. Will the business or the
friendship crash first?
(Fashion & Beauty), Directed by William
Dieterle (1934). Fashions of 1934, 78 min.). William
Powell and Bette Davis star - Sherwood Nash, a swindler who
bootlegs Paris fashions for sale at cut-rate prices, and his
assistant try to steal the latest Baroque designs but hidden
cameras capture them. Threat and counter threat lead to the
suggestion of putting on a legitimate show.
(Fashion & Beauty), Directed by Alexander
The Man in the White Suit (DVD - 85 min.);
The Man in the White Suit (VHS - 85 min.). Alec Guinness
stars as a man who invents a fabric that won't get dirty or wear
out. But he seems to have made more enemies than friends in the
process - established garment manufacturers try to suppress it.
(Fashion & Beauty), directed by David Teboul
Yves Saint Laurent - His Life and Times (DVD - 77 min.;
Empire Pictures). Documentary on precocity and swift rise of
designer (born in 1936), connected to Radziwill family (Lee
Radziwill one of YSL's earliest supporters after he was dropped
(Fashion & Beauty), Directed by David Teboul
Yves Saint Laurent - 5, Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris (DVD
- 85 min.; Empire Pictures). Documentary (from book of same
name) focuses exclusively on process - creation of YSL's last
women's collection in 2001 (YSL observes the meticulous work of
dressmakers fitting models). Seduction vs. elegance.
(Finance), Directed by David Davis (2001).
Electric Money, 114 min.). Documentary - Bob Cringely tells
the story of the invention of the credit card and how it has
evolved into the trillion-dollar-a-year business; examines how
information technology expanded futures, options, and stock
(Finance), Directed by Patrick Creadon (2008).
I.O.U.S.A. (Los Angeles, CA: O'Malley Creadon Productions, 85
min.). Two concerned citizens, former US Comptroller General
Dave Walker and Concord Coalition Director Robert Bixby, try to
explain how America racked up over $9.5 trillion in debt and
what we can do to stem the tide in a "Fiscal Wake-Up Tour" (with
observations from former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan
Greenspan, former Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Paul
Oâ€™Neill, superstar CEO Warren Buffett, and student activists.
Based on "Empire of Deb" by William Bonner and Executive
Producer Addison Wiggin; Financed by Peter G. Peterson
Foundation (Chairman, Blackstone Group) to address issues of
taxes, spending, fiscal responsibility. Rapidly growing national
debt and its consequences for United States and its citizens.
Directed by Leslie Cockburn (2009).
American Casino. Table
Rock Films, 89 min.). Mortgage crisis; Wall Street --
history. Effect of the mortgage crisis; how the Wall Street
meltdown has affected the working class; how and why over $8
trillion of our money vanished into the American Casino (filmed
over twelve months in 2008).
(Financial Crisis - 2008), Directed by
Stephen K. Bannon (2010). Generation Zero
- -The Truth About the Financial Meltdown. Citizens United
Productions in association with Victory Media, min.). Financial
Crisis - 2008; Wall Street. Examines causes of economic collapse
of September 18, 2008; explores cultural roots of global
financial meltdown - from narcissism of 1960s, through
self-indulgent 1990s, to present economic cataclysm; source of
today's economic nightmare; exposes little told story of how
mindset of baby boomers sowed seeds of economic disaster that
will be reaped by coming generations.
(Financial Crisis), Directed by Charles
Inside Job. (Sony Pictures Classics, 120 min.).
Economic conditions - 2000-2008;
crisis -- 2007-2010. What brought
about financial meltdown; first film to provide comprehensive
analysis of global financial crisis of 2008 caused millions of
people to lose their jobs, homes in worst recession since Great
Depression, nearly resulted in global financial collapse; rise
of rogue industry which corrupted politics, regulation,
(Food), Directed by William Keighley (1940).
Torrid Zone, 88 min.). James Cagney and Ann Sheridan star
as a banana company executive on a Caribbean plantation group
tries to convince his former co-worker to take over the
plantation No. 7 and to ramrod his company's fruit harvesting
outfit in Central America.
Biography - Milton Hershey: The Chocolate King (VHS; A &
(Food), Directed by Giles Foster (1988).
Consuming Passions (VHS - 98 min.); (London, UK: Euston
Films). Chocolate industry--Great Britain--Drama; Big
business--Great Britain--Drama. At his new job at Butterworth
Chocolates, Mr. Farris accidentally knocks several workers into
a mixing vat, the contents of which are then sent to market.
When reviews of the company's new candy come back, they are
overwhelmingly negative, except for the areas that received the
'special ingredient'. Farris soon finds himself assigned the
task of obtaining more of the ingredient to satisfy the nation's
Biography - Kellogg Brothers (VHS; A & E Entertainment).
From the first corn flake to the 10-year legal battle over the
family name, this is the tumultuous story of the star-crossed
fortunes of the Kellogg brothers.
(Food Service), Directed by Michael Curtiz
Mildred Pierce (DVD - 111 min.);
Mildred Pierce (VHS - 111 min.); Warner Bros. Pictures).
Joan Crawford plays a successful woman entrepreneur, divorcée
who starts a small restaurant and builds it into a prosperous
chain—but can never win the love of her daughter Veda (Ann
(Food Service), Directed by Campbell Scott,
Stanley Tucci (1996).
Big Night, (DVD - 107 min.);
Big Night. (VHS - 109 min.). Immigrant struggle to attain
the American Dream, set in New Jersey in the 1950s. Primo and
Secondo are two brothers who have emigrated from Italy have come
to New Jersey to open a bistro named The Paradise that serves
the finest in traditional, authentic Italian cuisine. Their
every move is foiled by rival restaurant Pascal's, which serves
mile-high servings of spaghetti and meatballs and flasks of bad
Chianti at exorbitant prices. Primo is the irascible and gifted
chef, brilliant in his culinary genius, but determined not to
squander his talent on making the routine dishes that customers
expect. Secondo is the smooth front-man, trying to keep the
restaurant financially afloat, despite few patrons other than a
poor artist who pays with his paintings. The owner of the nearby
Pascal's restaurant, enormously successful (despite its mediocre
fare), offers a solution - he will call his friend, a big-time
jazz musician, to play a special benefit at their restaurant.
Primo begins to prepare his masterpiece, a feast of a lifetime,
for the brothers' big night...
(Food Service) (1998).
Biography: Dave Thomas Made to Order (VHS; A & E Home
Video). Guy behind the Wendy's fast-food empire; began with
Kentucky Fried Chicken and invented the famous bucket of chicken
with Colonel Sander's face on it. After leaving KFC, he started
in Wendy's commercials in 1989.
(Food Service) (2000).
Biography: Ray Kroc Fast Food (VHS; A & E Home Video).
(Forest Products), Directed by Vincent Sherman
(1980). Trouble in High Timber Country, 98 min.). Family
owns a mining and timber company, non-union union because they
believe that they are fair to their workers. When a corporation,
whose intention is to strip the business and leave hundreds of
workers out of work, makes an offer to buy their business, the
patriarch rejects the offer. Suitor instruct a union rep to
organize one and institute a strike. Family owners are left all
alone to try and fill their orders, cause they have a mortgage
that's due, and they are unwilling to concede.
(Globalization), Directed by Stephanie Black
Life and Debt. (DVD - 80 min.);
Life and Debt. (VHS -80 min.). Effects of globalization
and multinational corporations on the island of Jamaica, its
industry and agriculture. After England granted Jamaica
independence in 1962, the World Bank and International Monetary
Fund (IMF) stepped in with a series of loans. These loans came
with strings attached--the kind that would eventually plunge the
country $7 billion into debt, stranded without the resources to
dig themselves out.
(Globalization), Directed by Mary Jane St.
Vincent Welch (2004). The Men Who Would Conquer China.
(New York, NY: First Run/Icarus Films, 78 min.). Exploits of New
York banker Mart Bakal and Hong Kong businessman Vincent Lee as
they attempt to launch a multinational venture in China over a
(High Technology), Written by Robert X.
Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires in Silicon
Valley (DVD - 165 min.);
Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires in Silicon
Valley (Boxset: VHS -165 min.). PBS. Two-part
documentary of the birth and growth of the personal computer
industry - how it developed from big limited box to small
advance GUI based machine. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Xerox P.A.R.K
researchers all speak about the PC.
(High Technology), Written by Robert X.
Triumph of the Nerds Vol. 1: Impressing Their Friends.
(High Technology), Written by Robert X.
Triumph of the Nerds Vol. 2. (VHS).
(High Technology), Written by Robert X.
Triumph of the Nerds, Vol. 3 - Great Artists Steal.
(High Technology), Directed by Darren
Pi (DVD - 84 min.);
Pi (VHS - 84 min.). Computer whiz/genius mathematician
builds a secret supercomputer that provides something that can
be understood as a key for understanding all existence - both a
Hasidic cabalistic sect and a high-powered Wall Street firm
learn of it and try to seduce him.
(High Technology), Directed by Martyn Burke
Pirates of Silicon Valley: The True Story of the Battle to
Create the Computer Age
(DVD - 95 min.);
Pirates of Silicon Valley: The True Story of the Battle to
Create the Computer Age (VHS - 95 min.).History of Apple
and Microsoft. Semi-humorous documentary about the men who made
the world of technology what it is today, their struggles during
college, the founding of their companies, and the ingenious
actions they took to build up the global corporate empires of
Apple Computer Corporation and Microsoft Inc.
(High Technology), Directed and Produced by
David Winton (2000).
Code Rush: A Year in the Life of a Silicon Valley Supernova,
Netscape. (VHS - 60 min.). PBS film crew arrives at
Netscape's headquarters in 1998 to make hour-long documentary
film of Netscape's open-source-code strategy (underlying program
instructions to Netscape's browser) in hope of thwarting
competition from Microsoft's Internet Explorer - which Microsoft
was giving away). Netscape's goal - to get independent software
writers to create code for an irresistible version of Netscape's
browser which would become the industry standard. Film doesn't
answer question of how Netscape would benefit from giving away
its source code.
(High Technology), Directed by Tariq Jalil
(2000). Dot.Com. Day in the life of a Dot.Com company
(High Technology), Directed by Chris Hegedus
Jehane Noujaim (2001).
Startup.com (DVD -107 min.);
Startup.com (VHS -107 min.). Traces the birth and
failure of new media company govWorks.com (from May of 1999 to
December of 2000), a Web site for people to conduct business
with municipal governments.
(High Technology), Directed by Kal Deutsch.
Sharon Zezima (2002). Behind the Startup: Icevan.com, 6
min.). Mockumentary profiles the rise and fall of an Internet
startup, called IceVan.com. The company offered "ice in an hour"
delivery and ice-related accessories, like tongs, buckets and
(High Technology) (2004).
Biography - Bill Gates: Sultan of Software (DVD - 50
min.; A & E Home Studio).
(High Technology), Directed by Peter Howitt
Antitrust (VHS, MGM, 108 min.). Antitrust (DVD, MGM,
108 min.). Computer programming genius Milo Hoffman, and friend
Teddy, graduated from Stanford, went into competitive world of
computer software. Recruited by Gary Winston (loosely based on
Bill Gates), CEO of NURV, to help company launch world-linking
satellite communication system, Synapse. Milo agrees, Teddy
declines. Teddy meets with tragedy and Winston's offhand remark
makes Milo suspicious, he decides to investigate Winston and
NURV. But, whom can he trust?
Technology), Directed by Paul Crowder (2009).
The Real Revolutionaries. (Diamond
Docs, 89 min.). Story of 'Silicon Valley' and of two
intelligent but very different men. William Shockley and
Robert Noyce; creation of the transistor, by William
Shockley, secession of eight of his hand-picked employees,
led by Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, to form Fairchild
Semiconductor and later Intel.
Biography - Conrad Hilton (VHS; A & E Entertainment).
Complete story of Hilton's colorful life, from his first hotel-a
rundown Texas inn, to his acquisition of the Waldorf Astoria.
Friends and family recall his early adventures, his friendships
with presidents, and his glamorous relationships with
Hollywood's elite. Rare photographs and archival film offer an
inside look at the unpredictable life that comes with
extraordinary success. Follow the blazing trail of the self-made
man who became the "innkeeper to the world."
Biography: J. W. Marriott (VHS; A & E Home Video).
Inched his way into corporate America a nickel root beer at a
time. It all began with a nine stool stand and grew to a billion
dollar hotel and restaurant corporation. Along the way he
befriended presidents and routinely gave back to those who'd
helped him along the way. A man of steep contradiction - at
moments affable and then severely critical of those he loved
most. At turn of the century titan of industry and real-life
Horatio Alger...John Willard Marriott.
(Insurance), Directed by Billy Wilder (1960).
The Apartment, (DVD - 125 min.).
The Apartment (VHS - 125 min.). Insurance
statistician C.C. "Bud" Baxter advances his career by making his
Manhattan apartment available to executives in his company for
their extramarital affairs. His boss, Jeff D. Sheldrake, finds
out and promotes Bud in return for the exclusive use of the
apartment for his own affair. When Sheldrake's girlfriend turns
out to be Fran Kubelik, a pretty elevator operator Bud likes, he
is heartbroken, but accepts the arrangement. He often has to
deal with the aftermath of their visits and one night he's left
with a major problem to solve.
(Internet - Facebook), Directed by David
The Social Network": You Don't Get to 500 Million Friends
Without Making a Few Enemies. (DVD: Columbia
Pictures, 121 min.). 2003 - Harvard undergrad, computer
programmer Mark Zuckerberg sat down at his
computer in his dorm room, began working on a new idea; became a global social network, revolution in
communication; 2009 - 500 million friends later,
Zuckerberg is youngest billionaire in history... leads to personal, legal
(Knowledge Management), Directed by Ben Rock
(1999). The Meeting, 8 min.). Four businessmen have the
greatest trouble communicating. Yelling all at once is about the
only thing they can do and they're not getting an inch closer to
their goal: profit. One of the businessmen has an excellent
idea. Why not use a wind-up toy dog? Only the one who has the
dog may speak. Peace is restored, but not for long.
(Leisure), Producer - Murphy Entertainment
The Ringling Brothers: Kings of the Circus.
(VHS - 47 min.; Harrington Park, NJ - Janson Video). How poor
boys from Baraboo, Wisconsin became kings of the circus when the
circus was king - some exciting scenes from today's Ringling
Bros. and Barnum and Baily -- The Greatest Show on Earth -- plus
a nostalgic trip through the creation of the greatest
entertainment empire the world has ever seen.
(Manufacturing - Hooven & Allison Inc.), A
Film by Steve Fetsch; presented by The Engineers Club of Dayton
Foundation ; in cooperation with the Cordage Institute (2008).
Ropewalk. (Dayton, OH Engineers Club
of Dayton Foundation, 60 min.). Freelance Filmmaker and
Multimedia Designer. Cordage industry -- Ohio -- Xenia --
History; Rope -- History; Documentary films; Xenia (Ohio) --
History; Hooven & Allison Company -- History. Story of rope;
ties together prehistoric tools, Ben Franklin, trust busting,
railroads, drug laws, plastics, nanotubes and space travel;
ropemaking's effects on agriculture and industry in Xenia, Ohio
from the Civil War to the presentrope's ancient beginnings,
world history, future possibilities; narrated by Bill Hagenbuch,
former president and chief engineer of Hooven & Allison, one of
the last natural fiber ropemaking companies in America.
(Media), Directed by Jason Ensler (2003).
Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart (TV). (DVD -
Martha Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart. (VHS - 120 min.).
Portrait of a woman who is driven to succeed at any cost. She
has plenty of personal demons in her past to drive her: loathing
for her own poor New Jersey family, neighborhood and upbringing,
a critical and perfectionist father whom she spent a lifetime
trying to impress, a belief that money was her salvation and the
answer to everything. She sacrifices every personal relationship
in her life for this idol; friends, husband, family. In the end
she has an adoring public in love with a false image, carefully
cultivated over years in the spotlight.
(Oil), Directed by Jack Conway (1940).
Boom Town (VHS - 119 min.). McMasters (Clark Gable) and
Sand (Spencer Tracy) come to oil towns to get rich. Betsey
(Claudette Colbert) comes West intending to marry Sand but
marries McMasters instead. Getting rich and losing it all
teaches McMasters and Sand the value of personal ties. Also
stars Hedy Lamarr.
(Oil), Directed by Stuart Heisler (1949).
Tulsa. (DVD - 90 min.);
Tulsa. (VHS - 90 min.). It's Tulsa, Oklahoma at the
start of the oil boom and Cherokee Lansing's (Susan Hayward)
rancher father is killed in a fight with the Tanner Oil Company.
Cherokee plans revenge by bringing in her own wells with the
help of oil expert Brad Brady (Robert Preston) and childhood
friend Jim Redbird. When the oil and the money start gushing in,
both Brad and Jim want to protect the land but Cherokee has
different ideas. What started out as revenge for her father's
death has turned into an obsession for wealth and power.
(Oil), Directed by Bill Forsyth (1983).
Local Hero. (DVD - 111 min.);
Local Hero. (VHS - 111 min.). Knox Oil and Gas
billionaire Happer (Burt Lancaster) sends Mac (Peter Riegert) to
a remote Scottish village to secure the property rights for an
oil refinery they want to build. Mac teams up with Danny and
starts the negotiations, the locals are keen to get their hands
on the 'Silver Dollar' and can't believe their luck. However a
local hermit and beach scavenger, Ben Knox (Fulton Mackay),
lives in a shack on the crucial beach which he also owns. Happer
is more interested in the Northern Lights and Danny in a surreal
girl with webbed feet, Marina. Mac is used to a Houston office
with fax machines but is forced to negotiate on Bens terms.
(Oil), Directed by Stephen Gaghan (2005).
Syriana. (DVD - 126 min.). A politically-charged epic
about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those
personally involved and affected by it. A missile disappears in
Iran, but the CIA has other problems: the heir to an Emirate
gives an oil contract to China, cutting out a US company that
promptly fires its immigrant workers and merges with a small
firm that has landed a Kazakhstani oil contract. The Department
of Justice suspects bribery and hires an outside firm to find a
scapegoat. The CIA also needs one when its plot to kill the
Emir-apparent fails. Agent Bob Barnes, the fall guy, sorts out
the double cross. An American economist parlays the death of his
son into a contract to advise the sheik the CIA wants dead. The
jobless Pakistanis join a fundamentalist group. All roads start
and end in the oil fields.
(Oil), Directed Paul Thomas Anderson (2007).
There Will Be Blood. (Los Angeles, CA: Paramount Vantage
and Miramax Films, DVD - 158 min.). Family, greed, religion, oil
- turn-of-the-century Texas prospector (Daniel Day-Lewis as
Daniel Plainview, silver miner turned oilman) in early days of
Southern California business in late-18th, early 19th centuries.
Based on novel by Upton Sinclair, 'Oil'. 1898, Daniel Plainview
(Daniel Day-Lewis) is a determined prospector who strikes silver
in Texas and in subsequent searches discovers oil. By 1911
Plainview is a self-proclaimed "oil man" who operates several
wells with his adopted son. When he's approached by Paul Sunday,
who swears there is oil literally seeping out of the ground on
his father's ranch, Daniel expands his business and begins
buying up all of the property in the area. Such aggression
doesn't go unnoticed however, and the ambitious businessman soon
finds himself at odds with larger oil companies and the
fanatical local church led by the guileful Eli Sunday (Paul
(Publishing), Directed by William Dieterle
(1940). A Dispatch from Reuters, 90 min.). Edward G.
Robinson, Edna Best and Eddie Albert star as nineteenth-century
entrepreneur Julius Reuter, starting with a small flock of
carrier pigeons, turns his small company into Europe's most
respected news wire service.
(Publishing), Directed by Orson Welles (1941).
Citizen Kane (DVD - 119 min.);
Citizen Kane (VHS -119 min.). Joseph Cotton, Dorothy
Comingore and Agnes Moorehead star in the story of
multimillionaire newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane, one of
the world's richest men, who dies alone in his extravagant
mansion, Xanadu, speaking a single word: "Rosebud". Reporter
tracks down the meaning of the word as Kane emerges as sinister
figure - a newspaper tycoon who tried to buy and sell love,
friendship, political influence. End of WW II: foreign powers
defeated , Nazism and fascism uprooted, film makers examine evil
within. Patterned after life of William Randolph Hearst.
(Publishing), Directed by Donald Brittain,
Arthur Hammond (1966). Never a Backward Step, 57 min.).
Documentary - profile of press tycoon and businessman, Lord
(Railroads), Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Union Pacific (VHS -135 min.). Barbara Stanwyck and Joel
McCrea star in effort to push Union Pacific Railroad across the
wilderness to California (as specified in one of the last bills
signed by President Lincoln) while a financial opportunist hopes
to profit from blocking construction.
(Real Estate), Directed by Edgar Selwyn
Skyscraper Souls. (VHS - 99 min.). An entrepreneur will
let nothing stand in his way of acquiring a 100-story office
building. Aspirations and the lives of several people working at
the gigantic Seacoast National Bank Building interweave in
various plots. The most notable character is David Dwight
(Warren William), the womanizing bank owner who keeps his
estranged wife happy by paying for her extravagant
globetrotting. Dwight's long time secretary Sarah yearns for
them to divorce so her affair with him can be legitimized. Sarah
shows her good side by playing mother to the young innocent Lynn
Harding (Maureen O'Sullivan), who she employs as an assistant.
Beautiful Miss Harding is relentlessly pursued by extroverted
bank teller Tom Sheppard, but he is frustrated when Dwight lures
her away with power and wealth. Then Dwight ruins everyone's
finances in a successful bid to get full control of his
skyscraper by manipulating the company's stock price. Now there
doesn't appear to be anyone who can prevent the power monger
from taking advantage of the ingenue Harding-or is there?
(Real Estate), Directed by Roman Pulanski
Chinatown (DVD -131 min.);
Chinatown (VHS -131 min.). Los Angeles real estate mogul
with dirty secrets - plot to buy cheap, unwatered land for low
prices, water the land, and sell it for millions of dollars.
(Real Estate), Directed by Richard Michaels
Leona Helmsley - The Queen of Mean (VHS -94 min.).
Suzanne Pleshette, Lloyd Bridges, Joe Regalbuto, Bruce Weitz -
portrait of the rise and fall of this New York real estate
monarch who ruled Harry Helmsley's life and empire with the
cold-hearted style that earned her the title - The Queen of
(Real Estate), Directed by James Foley (1992).
Glengarry Glen Ross (DVD -100 min.);
Glengarry Glen Ross (VHS -100 min.). Jack Lemmon, Al
Pacino, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey , Alec Baldwin star
in tough times in a New York real estate office. The salesmen
are given a strong incentive to succeed in a sales contest
-first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado, second prize a set of steak
knives, third prize the sack! There is no room for losers in
this dramatically masculine world; only "closers" will get the
good sales leads. There is a lot of pressure to succeed, so a
robbery is committed which has unforeseen consequences for all
(Real Estate), Directed by Alan Handel
(2000). Faith and Fortune: The Reichmann Story. (New
York, NY: First Run/Icarus Films (email@example.com), 92 min or 52
min.). Epic story of a dynastic family that acquired staggering
wealth, only to lose it all in a real estate development gamble
of astonishing proportions at London's Canary Wharf.
(Real Estate) (2004).
Biography - Donald Trump - Master of the Deal (DVD - 50
min.; A & E Home Studio).
(Real Estate) (2004).
Biography - Donald Trump - Deal Maker (DVD - 50 min.; A
& E Home Studio).
(Regional), Directed by Lee Anne Schmitt
(2008). California Company Town. (Los Angeles, CA:
California Company Town, 76 min.). Faculty of Graduate Film
Directing Program, California Institute of the Arts. Landscape
of California towns abandoned by the industries that created
them—onetime boom-towns now haunted by the twilight of the
American promise. Filmed over a five-year period from 2003 to
2008, devastation and desolation of California’s abandoned
industrial towns; blight of industry and the failure of utopian
naiveté - fogs of Scotia, a company lumber town behind northern
California’s "redwood curtain," to the parched horizons of the
Salton Sea and the blandness of Silicon Valley; images of
sweeping horizons and vacant factories are interspersed with
poignant commentary, sparsely accompanied by archival sound
recordings and footage.
(Retail - Apparel), Directed by Charles
Crichton (1959). The Battle of the Sexes (84 min.). Power
struggle between a man and woman. Martin is the faithful manager
at the House of MacPherson, a Scottish firm that's been turning
out tweed the same way for decades. When the new heir (Robert
Morley) takes over, he brings in a domineering efficiency expert
(Constance Cummings), an American no less, whose ideas threaten
to ruin the company. Martin is forced to act. While he seems
like a quiet and unassuming sort, he actually has a lot of guile
and cunning beneath his mild-mannered exterior. First he tries
to get her fired, but when that doesn't work he decides that
more drastic measures are called for - like murder. Martin comes
up with what he believes is the perfect plan, and all he has to
do is carry it out.
(Retail - Department Store), Directed by
Clarence Brown (1933). Looking Forward, 82 min.). Lionel
Barrymore stars in a Depression Era story of a London department
store owner facing bankruptcy while his family fritters away
money. A long-standing employee gets fired but finds new life in
a home-based bakery. Last-minute reprieve saves the store and a
new relationship is forged between the men.
(Retail - Department Store), Josh Taylor
(2001). Dita and the Family Business, 58 min.).
Great-grandson of founder of the Bergdorf-Goodman. Documentary
explores the colorful history of the unique and glamorous 20th
Century American family that founded Bergdorf-Goodman's.
(Retail - Discount), Directed by Micha X.
Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town (VHS - 59 min.).
Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town (DVD - 59 min.)
Teddy Bear Films. Trade-offs
between national and local retailing.
(Retail - Discount) (2004).
Biography - Sam Walton: Bargain Billionaire (DVD - 50
min.; A & E Home Video).
(Retail - Discount), Directed by Robert
Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
(VHS - 95 min.). (New York, NY: Brave New Films).
Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (DVD - 95 min.)
Documentary look at the Documentary -
impact of the retail giant on local communities.
(Retail - Discount), Directed by Leni
Why Wal-Mart Works: And Why That Drives Some People C-r-a-z-y.
(DVD - 72 min.). Fayetteville, AR: Hannover House.
Look at the thought process and
emotion behind the attacks on retail giant Wal-Mart.
(Retail - Discount), (Filene's) Directed by Michael Bavaro
Voices from the
Basement. (Boston, MA: Digital Freeway, 45 min.).
Documentary film about Boston’s 100-year-old icon, original
Filene’s Basement; time when American Dream was accessible to
everyone who walked through doors of The Basement (Brahmins of
Beacon Hill stood in line with waitresses from Durgin Park with
equal access to same high-quality, discounted merchandise for
which Filene’s Basement was best known); newsreels, archival
footage, vintage photographs, audio recordings; founders, Edward
and Lincoln Filene, were two of leading retail pioneers who
helped shape many of social, economic paradigms that have made
America great (employee health care, formation of credit
(Retail - Specialty), Directed by John G.
Adolfi (1931). The Millionaire, 80 min.). Georeg Arliss
and James Cagney star as millionaire automaker retires upon the
advice of his doctor, but becomes so bored he buys half interest
in a gas station and, with a partner, compete against dishonest
guy who sold the half interest.
(Retail - Specialty), Directed by Don Sharp
A Woman of Substance. (DVD - 312 min);
A Woman of Substance. (VHS - 312 min.). Barbara Taylor
Bradford. Determined to ruin the upper-class Fairley family who
wronged her, Emma Harte (Jenny Seagrove) aims to become one of
the richest women in the world; traces Emma's life from
overworked Yorkshire maid to the triumphant 79-year-old
matriarch (Deborah Kerr) of a vast business empire.
(Retail - Specialty), Directed by Don Sharp
Hold the Dream. (DVD - 120 min.);
Hold the Dream. (VHS - 120 min.). Barbara Taylor
Bradford sequel to A Woman of Substance. Paula Fairley (Jenny
Seagrove) inherits and runs the retail empire built by her
grandmother, Emma Harte (Deborah Kerr) Tale of dutiful,
hard-working Harte versus undeserving, greedy heirs set in the
rather sterile world of 1980s New York City penthouses and
English country manors.
(Retail - Specialty), Directed by Tony Wharmby
To Be the Best. (DVD - 187 min.);
To Be the Best. (VHS - 187 min.). Barbara Taylor
Bradford sequel to Hold the Dream. Paula O' Neill feuds with her
cousins as she fights to save her grandmother's business-and
struggles to salvage her marriage. Paula (Lindsay Wagner) comes
into her own as a woman, mother, wife, and businesswoman. Paula
gets inveigled into a series of compromising business situations
in Hong Kong, it is her dapper and debonair chief of security
(Anthony Hopkins) who repeatedly saves the day.
(Retail - Specialty) (2002).
Barbara Taylor Bradford's A Woman of Substance Trilogy (A Woman
of Substance / Hold the Dream / To Be the Best). (DVD -
700 min.). Charts the life of Emma Harte, from kitchen maid at
the beginning of the 20th Century, to respected business woman
and Grandmother in the 1980's. From humble beginnings Emma Harte
starts her business with a small shop, but over the next twenty
years she expands her stores and invests in the growing textile
industry in Leeds. By the time of World War 2, Emma is the head
of a major retail and manufacturing empire, but she has
struggled all her life to find love. After an illegitimate
daughter and two marriages, she finally meets the love of her
life, Paul McGill, but their affair is cut short by a tragic
accident, leaving Emma with his daughter. In the 1980's Emma
faces one of her biggest tests - her childrens attempt to remove
her as head of her company, but Emma is far from the senile old
woman they think she is - she is determined to stop them at all
(Retail - Specialty), Directed by Nora Ephron
You've Got Mail, (DVD - 119 min.);
You've Got Mail. (VHS - 119 min.). Joe Fox (Tom Hanks)
is a cheerfully rapacious merchant whose chain of book
superstores is gobbling up smaller, more specialized shops such
as the children's bookstore owned by Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan).
Their lives run in close parallel in the same idealized
neighborhood, yet they first meet anonymously, online, where
they gradually nurture a warm, even intimate correspondence. As
they begin to wonder whether this e-mail flirtation might lead
them to be soul mates, however, they meet and clash over their
colliding business fortunes.
(Retail - Specialty), Directed by Julian
Kinky Boots. (DVD - 107 min.). Charlie Price (Joel
Edgerton) is a young guy with big dreams outside of Northampton.
Suddenly, his father's death forces him to leave London and
return home to resume his father's role and take over the family
business, something he has dreaded most of his life. He
discovers the business is in turmoil and has to come up with a
radical idea that will save everyone's job. With the help of a
popular drag queen (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Charlie decides to switch
gears and start making women's shoes, shoes that are
strong enough for a man.
(Rubber), Directed by Daniel B. Gold, Judith
Blue Vinyl: The World's First Toxic Comedy. (DVD - 98
min.). Search for truth behind the vinyl industry. Documentary
filmmaker Judith Helfand, upset that her parents are re-siding
their house with blue vinyl, sets out to discover how vinyl is
made and why, according to some scientists, it is the most
hazardous of synthetic materials. She meets industry
representatives who tell her the key chemical ingredient in
vinyl, chloride, is no more toxic than table salt. She also
travels to Venice, Italy, to meet with families of vinyl factory
workers dead or dying from chemical exposure, and she visits an
intrepid, Louisiana attorney who has sued American vinyl
manufacturers on behalf of severely injured former employees.
(Sales), Directed by Alex Segal (1966).
Death of a Salesman (DVD - 120 min.);
Death of a Salesman (VHS - 120 min.). Lee J. Cobb and
George Segal star in abridged (by the author) 1966 television
adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Arthur Miller. Cobb
portrays the suffering Willy Loman--the middle-aged man at the
end of his emotional rope, a salesman desperately hustling for a
living as he slides into old age. Mildred Dunnock plays his
patient wife, Linda, while George Segal and James Farentino play
their disillusioned sons, Biff and Happy. A visit from Biff
brings old hopes and boiling resentments to the surface.
(Sales), Directed by Barry Levinson (1987).
Tin Men (DVD - 110 min.);
Tin Men (VHS - 110 min.) (Bandai Films, Silver Screen
Partners III, Touchstone Pictures). Set in 1960s Baltimore, Tin
Men focuses on the rivalry between two aluminum siding salesmen,
BB Babowsky (Richard Dreyfus) and Ernest Tilley (Danny DeVito)
at a point when the industry was loaded with scam artists.
Government probe investigates their sales history and threatens
to shut them down.
(Sales), Directed by Roger Donaldson (1990).
Cadillac Man (DVD - 97 min.);
Cadillac Man (VHS - 97 min.); (Orion Pictures
Corporation). Day in the life of Joey O'Brien (Robin Williams),
a shameless used-car salesman with a weakness for women. Has two
days to sell 12 cars or he loses his job. The audience watches
the comings and goings of the many women who make Joey confused
and finally poor: his mistress, his ex-wife, the office sexpot,
the faithful saleswoman. Jealous husband (Tim Robbins)
crashes through a plate-gas window in a motorcycle wielding a
machine gun. Williams tries to use his sales tactics, and some
heart-rending honesty, to talk Robbins out of killing them.
(Sales), Directed by Whit Stillman (1994).
Barcelona (DVD - 101 min.);
Barcelona (VHS - 101 min); Castle Rock Entertainment. Ted
Boynton is a stuffy white guy from Illinois working in sales for
the Barcelona office of a US corporation which makes motors. His
somewhat less stuffy cousin Fred, an officer in the US Navy,
pays an unexpected visit. Over the next few months their lives
are irrevocably altered by the events which follow Fred's
arrival. They grapple with sexual revolution and
anti-Americanism in Spain.
(Sales), Directed by Stanley Jacobs (1999).
Pitch People, 87 min.). Documentary on infomercials and the
art of the "pitch". The men and women who have perfected this
craft and how they make a livelihood selling various products by
way of a visual demonstration make up a world unfamiliar to most
(Sales), Directed by John Swanbeck (1999).
The Big Kahuna. (DVD - 90 min.);
The Big Kahuna. (VHS - 91 min.). Two industrial lubricant
salesmen (Danny DeVito and Kevin Spacey) and a company
researcher (Peter Facinelli) set up shop in a hotel’s
hospitality suite in Wichita, Kansas, on a business trip to host
a delegates’ party. The main aim is to get the business of one
particular big customer. They hope to sell their particular
brand of industrial lubricants to the elusive Mr. Fuller. Spacey
and DeVito are seasoned pros, while Facinelli is excited about
his first business trip. DeVito is going through some kind of
mid-life crisis; Spacey is all about the sale and little else;
and the new kid is naive, moral, and extremely religious. When
it becomes apparent that it is the lad who has developed a
direct line to the guy, his strong religious beliefs bring him
into sharp conflict with his older and more cynical colleagues.
(Scandal), Directed by Alfred E. Green (1933).
I Loved a Woman, 90 min.). Edward G. Robinson and Kay
Francis star - art student interrupts his studies in Greece to
head his father's meat packing business on his father's death,
marries social climber who taunts him for his ideals regarding
worker happiness and meat purity, begins supporting the musical
career of singer, sells tainted meat to the Army during the
Spanish American war, is investigated, indicted, flees to
(Scandal), Directed by John McTiernan (1968).
The Thomas Crown Affair (DVD - 113 min.);
The Thomas Crown Affair (VHS - 113 min.). Steve McQueen
and Faye Dunaway star - Self-made billionaire Thomas Crown has a
seldom hobby: steals priceless masterpieces of Art. After the
theft of a famous painting from Claude Monet, the only person
suspecting Thomas Crown is Catherine Banning. Her job is to get
the picture back, no matter how she accomplishes her mission.
(Scandal), Directed by Robin Spry (1977).
One Man. (VHS - 87 min.). Jason Brady, crusading
Montreal TV reporter, finds his life ripped apart as he
investigates a story about a company's deadly criminal
negligence - carnage happening to children due to the criminally
negligent behavior of a local factory, a division of the
powerful, multi-national Konrad Corporation, concerning its
handling of a deadly chemical called B.A.P. Reporter has to face
the corporation's underhanded efforts to silence him, but also
the turmoil with his own family as he gets so emotionally
involved in the story and the social worker that he is
alienating his wife. Eventually, events lead to a point that
forces him to make sacrifices he could not anticipate.
(Scandal), Directed by Coline Serreau (1989).
Romuald et Juliette, 108 min.). Company president gets
framed with a food-poisoning scandal and the only person who can
help him is the evening cleaning-woman - who always seems to be
at the right place at the right time.\
(Scandal), Directed by Michael Mann (1999).
The Insider (DVD -157 min.). Al Pacino, Russell Crowe,
Christopher Plummer star - Based on a true story about a CBS 60
Minutes-episode in 1994 on malpractices in the tobacco industry
- former research biologist for Brown & Williamson, Jeff Wigand,
won't talk to "0 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman. When B & W
pressures Wigand to honor a confidentiality agreement, he gets
his back up. Trusting Bergman and despite a crumbling marriage,
he goes on camera for a Mike Wallace interview and risks arrest
for contempt of court. Westinghouse is negotiating to buy CBS,
so CBS attorneys advise CBS News to shelve the interview and
avoid a lawsuit. "60 Minutes" and CBS News bosses cave, Wigand's
hung out to dry, Bergman is compromised, and the CEOs of Big
Tobacco may get away with perjury. Can the truth will out?
(Scandal), Directed by John McTiernan (1999).
The Thomas Crown Affair, (DVD - 113 min.);
The Thomas Crown Affair (VHS - 113 min.). Pierce Brosnan
and Renee Russo star - Self-made billionaire Thomas Crown has a
seldom hobby: steals priceless masterpieces of Art. After the
theft of a famous painting from Claude Monet, the only person
suspecting Thomas Crown is Catherine Banning. Her job is to get
the picture back, no matter how she accomplishes her mission.
(Scandal), Directed by Penelope Spheeris
(2003). The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron,
100 min.). Rise and fall of the Enron company, as seen from the
perspective of employee Brian Cruver, based on his book.
(Scandal), Directed by Alex Gibney (2005).
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, 110 min.).
Documentary - story behind the infamous Enron scandal: top
executives from the 7th largest company in this country walked
away with over one billion dollars, left investors and employees
with nothing. The film features insider accounts and rare
corporate audio and video tapes that reveal colossal personal
excesses of the Enron hierarchy and the utter moral vacuum that
posed as corporate philosophy. The human drama that unfolds
within Enron's walls resembles a Greek tragedy and produces a
domino effect that could shape the face of our economy and
ethical code for years to come.
(Steel & Iron), Directed by Per Lindberg
(1940). Stål. Forshyttan steel-mill has been owned by the
Ancker family for generations. But competition is hard. When the
son Bengt Ancker comes back from abroad he has an idea for
success: a lighter steel with better quality. But more
development money is needed and the only way to raise it is to
sell the company to their competitor - Manchester Steel Company.
But the workers are worried that this could threaten their
(Strategy), Directed by Jan Marlyn Reesman
(1992). California Hot Wax, 89 min.). Three Southern
Californian woman lose their successful business to their evil
landlord. They team up with a handsome hunk to start a
competitive car wash, using scantily-clad girls and guys to lure
in customers. The ensuing rivalry leads to various antics by the
old landlord to put them out of business.
(Strategy), Directed by Tom Booker, Jon Kean
Kill the Man (VHS - 88 min.). Two owners of the Long
Shot Copies shop struggle against a copying giant, King Co.
Having gotten their start from a $100,000 windfall when one of
them hit a promotional mid-court basketball shot, they have to
find a way to keep their company afloat or fold. Thus starts a
series of gimmicks and a war against the opposition,
particularly after they are visited by a corporate thug (Phil
(Succession), Directed by Robert Wise (1954).
Executive Suite (VHS - 104 min.). Avery Bullard,
President of the Tredway Corporation died without naming a
successor. The Board members must choose a replacement. The most
likely is Loren Shaw, a skilled businessman, but some of the
others don't like his calculating ways. But to stop him, they'll
have to find someone else they can back. Will it be the engineer
Don Walling? That will take convincing, they don't trust his
youth and idealism. And he isn't even sure he wants the job, he
might be happier creating rather than politicking.
(Textiles), Directed by Alexander Mackendrick
The Man in the White Suit. (DVD - 85 min.);
The Man in the White Suit. (VHS - 85 min.). The unassuming,
nebbishy inventor Sidney Stratton (Alec Guiness) creates a
miraculous fabric that will never be dirty or worn out. Clearly
he can make a fortune selling clothes made of the material, but
may cause a crisis in the process. After all, once someone buys
one of his suits they won't ever have to fix them or buy another
one, and the clothing industry will collapse overnight.
Nevertheless, Sidney is determined to put his invention on the
market, forcing the clothing factory bigwigs to resort to more
(Tobacco), Directed by Michael Curtiz (1950).
Bright Leaf, 110 min.). Melodrama about tobacco wars of
late 19th century - 1894, Brant Royle shocks the aristocratic
tobacco growers of Kingsmont by planning to mass-produce
(Tobacco), Directed by Christine Fugate
(1998). Tobacco Blues, 55 min.). Documentary - looks at
four tobacco-farming families in Kentucky, to see how they are
dealing with the current situation. Tobacco is a cash crop not
easily replaced in the poor Appalachian region where most
tobacco is grown. The farmers want the public to realize that
they are not evil--the farmers are just trying to make a living
the best way they know how. But while the tobacco companies
continue to increase their overseas production, over 125,000
tobacco farmers are projected to lose a significant portion of
their income during the next 5 years. This documentary looks at
how the four families are coping with the possible loss of their
farms, their livelihoods, and their lifestyle.
(Tobacco), Directed by Michael Mann (1999).
(DVD - 157 min.);
The Insider (VHS - 157 min.). Blue Lion Entertainment.
True story of Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), a man who signed a
confidentiality agreement before getting fired from a big
tobacco company. Hotshot *60 minutes* producer Bergman (Al
Pacino) asks Wigand to decipher some technical documents, soon
realizes there's a bigger story hiding inside Wigand. On top of
that, Wigand is recruited to testify in Mississippi for a case
that claims cigarettes *are* addictive. The *60 minutes* piece
will eventually be pulled because of corporate pressure. Wigand
deals with his personal dilemma, and Bergman battles the
(Toys), Directed by Ere Kokkonen (1969).
Leikkikalugangsteri, 88 min.). Two toy manufacturers fight
for market share.
(Utilities), Directed by Michael Chandler
(2001). Blackout, 57 min.). Documentary examines the
current chaotic state of the electric-power market in the United
States, and its effects on California, rest of nation.
(Venture Capital), Directed by Dan Geller and
Dayna Goldfine (2011).
Something Ventured: Risk, Reward and the Original Venture
Capitalists. (New York, NY: Zeitgeist Films Ltd., 85
min.). Venture capital -- history. Creation
of industry which became single greatest engine of innovation,
economic growth in 20th century.
(Wall Street), Directed by Howard Bretherton
(1932). The Match King, 79 min.). Fictionalized account
of scandalous and fraudulent life of Ivan Krueger - rises from
Chicago janitor to global monopolist.
(Wall Street), Directed by Mark Robson (1960).
From the Terrace (DVD - 149 min.);
From the Terrace (VHS - 149 min.). Paul Newman as Alfred
Eaton, an ambitious young executive who rises to partnership in
a old line Wall Street investment banking firm - as his marriage
(Joanne Woodward) crumbles. At the brink of attaining his career
goals, he is forced to choose between business success, while
remaining married to the beautiful, but unfaithful Mary, and
starting over with his true love, the much younger Natalie.
(Wall Street), Directed by Arthur Hiller
The Wheeler Dealers. (VHS - 107 min.). Henry Tyroon
(James Garner) comes to New York from Texas with a lot of oil
money to play with in the stock market. He meets stock analyst
Molly Thatcher (Lee remick) and the two fall in love.
(Wall Street - M&A), Directed by Akira
Kurosawa (1963). Tengoku to jigoku, 143 min.). Executive
mortgages all he owns to stage a coup and gain control of the
National Shoe Company, with the intent of keeping the company
out of the hands of incompetent and greedy executives. He needs
the same money, though, to pay the ransom that will possibly
save a child's life. His resolution of that dilemma -- the
certain loss of the company vs. the probable loss of the child
-- makes for one distinct drama, and an ensuing elaborate police
procedure makes for a second.
(Wall Street), Directed by Ivan Passer (1978).
The Silver Bears (DVD - Not available);
The Silver Bears (VHS - EMI Films, 113 min.). Financial
wizard "Doc" Fletcher (Michael Caine) sent by crime boss Joe
Fiore (Martin Balsam) to buy bank in Switzerland to more easily
launder their profits. When he arrives, Fletcher finds that the
bank, acquired by his associate Prince di Siracusa (Louis
Jourdan), consists of some shabby offices above a restaurant. To
make up for this, the Prince suggests that Fletcher invests in a
silver mine owned by Shireen and Agha Firdausi (Stéphane Audran
and David Warner). This solves one problem, but the mine also
attracts the attention of some of the most powerful people in
the silver business. Fletcher must pull out all his
wheeler-dealing skills in order to keep hold of everything he's
worked for, in the process romancing a banker's discontented
wife (Cybill Shepherd). Based on book by Paul Erdman.
(Wall Street - M&A), Directed by Guy Green
(1979). Jennifer: A Woman's Story (TV), 120 min.).
Elizabeth Montgomery stars as the widow of a wealthy executive
battles schemes by factions of the board of directors as she
fights to keep control of his shipbuilding company.
(Wall Street - Commodities), Directed by John
Trading Places (DVD - 118 min.);
Trading Places (VHS - 118 min.). A snobbish investor and
a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part
of a bet by two callous millionaires. Mortimer and Randolph Duke
are commodity brokers who make a bet: Randolph believes they can
take a common criminal and make him a successful businessman in
their company. The criminal, Billy Ray Valentine, a hustling
beggar (Eddie Murphy), is to be given the job and home of Louis
Winthorpe III, a successful Philadelphia commodity broker with
mansion, manservant and girlfriend (Dan Ackroyd), who in turn is
set up for crimes he didn't commit, to see if he resorts to
crime once he's lost his rich environment and friends. Suddenly
Louis finds himself uncomprehendingly with no job, no home and
only a new acquaintance, glamorous hooker Ophelia (Jamie Lee
Curtis), prepared to help him.
(Wall Street), Directed by Oliver Stone
Wall Street (DVD - 125 min.);
Wall Street, (VHS - 125 min.). Wall Street -
Michael Douglas stars as an unabashedly greedy mergers and
acquisitions specialist. "Greed Is Good". Parody of Reagan
"supply-side economics, trickle down" era.
(Wall Street - M&A), Directed by Mike Nichols
Working Girl (DVD - 115 min.);
Working Girl (VHS - 115 min.). (20th Century Fox). A
secretary (Melanie Griffith) struggles to get ahead in the world
of big business. She works in the mergers and acquisitions of a
New York brokerage firm where her her boss (Sigourney Weaver)
steals her acqusition idea for a customer in the broadcasting
industry; she seizes an opportunity to steal it back by
pretending she has her boss's job. She teams up with investment
broker Jack Trainer (Harrison Ford) to work on a big deal. The
situation is complicated after the return of her boss.
(Wall Street), Directed by Colin Bucksey
Dealers (DVD - 92 min.);
Dealers ( VHS - 92 min.). London branch of Whitney
Paine, a major American investment bank, is in the midst of a
crisis; after losing $100 million, one of their leading traders,
Tony Eisner commits suicide by putting a slug through his head
while seated at his place in the board room. Despite the high
stakes, many in the firm want to replace Tony and get credit for
saving the company. Daniel Pascoe, the leading trader at the
firm, is convinced that he's first in line for the assignment,
but the firm imports a new trader from America, Anna Schuman.
Daniel is enraged and makes a point of trying to dig up as much
dirt on Anna as he can, but things are going to take another
(Wall Street), Directed by Brian De Palma
Bonfire of the Vanities (DVD - 125 min.);
Bonfire of the Vanities (VHS - 125 min.). Tom
Hanks stars as a New York City bond salesman, Sherman McCoy, who
accidentally hits a young black man with his car during an
unexpected foray into the Bronx.
(Wall Street), Directed by Terence H. Winkless
Corporate Affairs (VHS). In the frantic world of Wall
Street, four top executives have a small problem with their
boss; he's dead. Now they've got to hide his body for the next
24 hours to pull off the deal of the century.
(Wall Street - M&A), Directed by Norman
Other People's Money
(DVD - 103 min.);
Other People's Money (VHS - 103 min.). DeVito and
Gregory Peck star as a corporate raider threatens a hostile
take-over of a "mom and pop" company. The patriarch of the
company enlists the help of his wife's daughter, who is a
lawyer, to try and protect the company. The raider is enamored
of her, and enjoys the thrust and parry of legal maneuvering as
he tries to win her heart.
(Wall Street - M&A), Directed by Glenn Jordan
Barbarians at the Gate (DVD - 107 min.);
Barbarians at the Gate (VHS - 107 min.). James garner
stars in biggest leveraged buyout in history - RJR Nabisco in
1988. HBO film presents in some detail the process by which RJR
Nabisco's CEO F. Ross Johnson (James Garner) attempts to buy out
his own company. Of greater interest, however, is the power
struggle that develops between Johnson and Wall Street
investment banker Henry Kravis (Jonathan Pryce), who intends to
force Johnson out and take over RJR Nabisco on his own.
(Wall Street), Directed by Joel Coen, Etahn
The Hudsucker Proxy (DVD - 111 min.);
The Hudsucker Proxy (VHS - 111 min.). Tim Robbins,
Jennifer Leigh and Paul Newman star in a stock scam - after
Waring Hudsucker, head of hugely successful Hudsucker
Industries, commits suicide, board of directors conceives a
brilliant plan to make a lot of money: appoint a moron to run
the company, let the company's stock fall, the board and friends
can buy it up for pennies on the dollar, take over the company,
restore its fortunes. Norville Barnes, who just started in the
mail room, is chosen to head the company. Soon, tough reporter
Amy Archer smells a rat and begins an undercover investigation.
(Wall Street), Directed by Donald Petrie.
The Associate (DVD - 114 min.);
The Associate (VHS - 114 min.). Whoopi Goldberg stars in
this comedy about making it on Wall Street - in order for people
to take her seriously she has to work for an older white man or
(Wall Street), Directed by Alex Chapple,
Stacey Stewart Curtis (1996).
Traders (TV Series: 1996-2000). (DVD- 60 min.). In the
setting of the Toronto-based investment house, Gardner/Ross,
Traders explores the intimate lives and loves, the mystique and
monetary machinations of investment bankers whose high-stakes
decisions and sizzling alliances can have grave international
(Wall Street), Directed by James Dearden
Rogue Trader (DVD - 101 min.);
Rogue Trader (VHS - 101 min.). One man's ambition causes
one of the greatest financial disasters in history. Nick Leeson
(Ewan McGregor) progresses from bank clerk to operations manager
in Singapore for Barings Bank, in charge of the bank's options
trading business. But, as a cost saving move, the bank minimizes
its supervision of Leeson - allows him to oversee both
options trading and back office administrative operations.
Unsupervised, he doctors books so that trading losses are
reported as profits. Losses worsen, the size and risk of his
trades grow - loses its all, causes the bank's bankruptcy.
(Wall Street), Directed by Florian Schura
(2000). GetRichQuick.com, 60 min.). Documentary follows a
dot-com start-up, from the humble origins of a New Jersey
basement, to the 21st floor of an office building off Wall
Street. The venture capital is flowing, and the expenses
accounts are high, but how long will it last if the founders
still can't simply describe what the company does?
(Wall Street), William M. Piersol (2000).
The Great Game: The Story of Wall Street (VHS - 120
min.). CNBC documentary based on John Steele Gordon's book "The
Great Game: The Emergence of Wall Street as a World Power".
(Wall Street), Directed by Ben Younger (2001).
Boiler Room (DVD - 118 min.);
Boiler Room (VHS - 118 min.). Wall Street - unscrupulous
young traders. Set in a none-to-reputable brokerage firm in th
1980s. Young guys (Ben Affleck) rake in $ by cold-calling and
selling dubious securities to naive investors. Compliance
officer in back pocket of shady firm.
(Wall Street), Directed by Wonsuk Chin (2001).
e-Dreams (DVD - 94 min.). Documentary about the feeding
frenzy of success and failure that nearly consumed the nation's
economy. Focus on now defunct Kozmo.com - began in an
unfurnished warehouse, business grew from 10 employees to 3,000,
extended to 11 cities, raised more than $250 million, attracted
attention of Starbucks and Amazon.com. Following the April 2000
stock market crash, company was profitable, struggled to keep
its operations going; and the formerly ubiquitous
bicycle-delivery people in orange became and endangered species.
(Wall Street), Directed by Paul Levine (2001).
Spider's Web (DVD - 88 min.);
Spider's Web (VHS - 88 min.). Financial analyst at
a large investment banking firm and new playmate, son of the
very wealthy owner of one of the firm's clients, develop a
complicated scheme to allow him to claim his inheritance without
waiting for Dad's passing away.
(Wall Street), Directed by Daniel Gamburg
I.P.O. (San Francisco, CA: Barewitness Films, 110
min.). Riches-to-rags dot-com saga - explores the dreams and
dilemmas of dot-commers during San Francisco’s second gold rush,
evokes the hope, greed, and disappointment that defined that
era. Both a love letter to San Francisco and a sympathy card to
its dot com days, Daniel Gamburg makes his feature directorial
debut with this all-improvised film chronicling the boom and
bust of the one start- up company.
(Wall Street), Directed by Jason Grossman,
Written and performed by Jonathan Mirin (2004). Riding the
Wave.com Theatrical Production. Plays Performed at the
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Florida Studio Theatre,
Off-Off-Broadway. Autobiographical true story of a young man's
investment in tech company Wave Systems (WAVX). In 1998,
Jonathan Mirin received a stock tip from a "Wavoid"–a group of
investors connected via an Internet chat-room. WAVX ran up to a
high of $50 per share before settling in at a low of $.08 per
share. One man show depicts author's 3-year journey from the
giddy heights of the tech boom in New York City to an overland
journey towards India in search of spiritual wisdom. Official
selection of the New York International Fringe Festival, August
13 – 29, 2004.
(Work), Directed by King Vidor (1928).
The Crowd (VHS - 104 min.). Hero ends up with exact
opposite of what he wanted for his life: "success",
individuality and identity vs. the "crowd" and its "sameness" -
set out to make his mark in New York City but ended up a
faceless worker (#137) in a large office of a large business,
with wife, children, small apartment, no love for the in-laws.
Will he stay or choose to lose what he has?
(Work), Directed by Billy Wilder (1960).
The Apartment (DVD - 125 min.);
The Apartment (VHS - 125 min.). Jack Lemmon stars
as Bud Baxter, an insurance clerk and only a face in a crowd of
30,000 employees, has discovered a quick way to climb the
corporate ladder - by lending out his apartment to the
executives as a place to take their mistresses. Finds out that
the mistress of Mr. Sheldrake, the company's boss, and his
recent flame, Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), are the same
person...and they are using his apartment! Though Baxter has
moved up in the company, the attempted suicide of Fran in his
very own bed makes him think.
(Work), Directed by David Swift (1967).
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (DVD -
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (VHS -
121 min.). J. Pierpont Finch, a young window-cleaner buys a book
- "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying." Following
its advice, he joins the multi-national but poorly-connected
"World-Wide Wicket Company" in the mail-room. Using sneaky and
dubious ways, so that the person above him gets either fired or
moved to another section of the company, he rises to
Vice-President in Charge Of Advertising. Can Finch rise to the
top or will it all go down in flames...
(Work), Directed by Sergio Renán (1974). La
Tregua, 108 min.). Comment on today's office work, with its
routine, long hours, jealousy, jokes, romances, etc. - tired and
widowed office man, whose life seems to have been wasted and
whose age begins to threaten him. He seeks some peace, while he
reflects on his past to try to come to terms with it and with
his children who are now adults, but still living with him due
to economic hardships.
(Work), Directed by Ken Finkleman (1985).
Head Office (VHS - 90 min.). Upon graduation from
college with a business degree, John Issel is promptly hired by
I.N.C. where employees advance either by kissing ass, or over
someone else's dead body. John keeps getting promotions, but
cant figure out why. Actually management doesn't care about him,
they hope that having hired him, his father, Senator Issel, will
vote the way they like.
(Work), Directed by Herbert Ross (1987).
The Secret of My Succe$s (DVD - 110 min.);
The Secret of My Succe$s (VHS - 110 min.).
Brantley Foster, a well-educated kid from Kansas, has always
dreamed of making it big in New York, but once in New York, he
learns that jobs - and girls - are hard to get. When Brantley
visits his uncle, Howard Prescott, who runs a
multi-million-dollar company, he is given a job in the company's
mail room. Then Brantley meets Christy Wills, who happens to be
one of the top executives. Believing that the best way to win
her over is by posing as an executive, Brantley decides to take
a position under the name Carlton Whitfield, and soon things get
unexpectedly out of hand.
(Work), Directed by Jill Sprecher (1997).
Clockwatchers (DVD - 96 min.);
Clockwatchers (VHS - 96 min.). Four office temps trying
to maintain their sanity and upward mobility: shy Iris (Toni
Collette), brash Margaret (Parker Posey), wannabe starlet Paula
(Lisa Kudrow), pampered Jane (Alanna Ubach). They become fast
friends while temping at Global Credit Association where looking
busy is a full time occupation. But when their boss hires a new
assistant, their jobs and their friendship are suddenly in
(Work), Directed by Mike Judge (1999).
Office Space (DVD - 89 min.);
Office Space (VHS - 90 min.). Company workers who hate
their jobs and decide to rebel against their greedy boss. Peter
Gibbons (Ron Livingston) just can't seem to catch a break. His
girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston) is cheating on him, he has an
obnoxious neighbor, and he's completely miserable with his job
as a small cog in a company called Initech. He visits a
hypnotherapist, who dies just after putting him into a state of
complete bliss. Free of worrying about making a living, he no
longer feels the need to keep his job, just as the company is
going through a massive downsizing. However, his new attitude
only makes him more valuable in the company's eyes, and his
friends Michael and Samir are fired instead. Together, they
scheme to plant a virus inside Initech's computer system that
will pull money into their own account.
Jack Boozer (2002).
Career Movies: American Business and the Success Mystique.
(Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 292 p.). Business in
motion pictures; Motion pictures--United States.
Gen. Ed. Mark C. Carnes (1995).
Past Imperfect History According to the Movies. (New
York, NY: Holt, 304 p.). Chairman of the Department of History
(Barnard College, Columbia University). Historical
films--History and criticism; Motion pictures and history.
Relationship between film
and historical record (accuracy); uses of history in popular
Rick Prelinger (2006).
The Field Guide to Sponsored Films. (San Francisco,
CA: National Film Preservation Foundation, 140 p.). Industrial
films --Catalogs; Business --Film catalogs; Motion pictures in
advertising; Business in motion pictures.
Fred L. Reed (2005).
Show Me the Money!: The Standard Catalog of Motion Picture,
Television, Stage, and Advertising Prop Money.
(Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 790 p). Prop money--Catalogs; Money
in motion pictures--Catalogs. Hollywood’s storytellers have
produced a wealth of imitation greenbacks (more than 270 types
of motion picture, other theatrical prop money—including nearly
Business History Links
CounterCorp Film Festival is an annual three-day series of
films, post-screening Q&As, and other events organized in San
Francisco's historic Mission District. "Anti-corporate" films
doesn't just mean "independent" (i.e., non-corporate) ones, but
those that examine and reflect the role that corporations play
in our daily lives, and the effect they have on people,
communities, and cultures around the world — and on the planet
itself. The goals of the Festival are to raise public and media
awareness, promote critical thought and analysis, and encourage
informed discussion and debate about how corporations actually
operate, and what they really add to — and also subtract from —
humanity's "bottom line".
The Internet Movie Database
1983 - Rick Prelinger founded Prelinger Archives in
New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a
collection of over 60,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational,
industrial, and amateur) films; holds approximately 4,000 titles
on videotape and a smaller collection of film materials. Its
goal remains to collect, preserve, and facilitate access to
films of historic significance that haven't been collected
elsewhere. Included are films produced by and for many hundreds
of important US corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade
associations, community and interest groups, and educational
institutions. 2002 - acquired by the Library of
Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound