Reviews of Zeitgeist (2007) and related work

Zeitgeist (2007Moving picture, 118 minutes)

A milestone of cinema, comparable to deepfakes a decade later. Zeitgeist signalled that the power to make reasonably attractive, misleading mass-market documentaries was now in the hands of driven individuals, no longer requiring a pile of money or talent. It’s charmingly misanthropic, sprinkled with half-truths and involuntary appearances by Bill Hicks, Carl Sagan and long quotes from Network (1976) for rhetorical flair. It pains me to see the historicity of Jesus challenged so poorly.

moving picture non-fiction

Zeitgeist: Addendum (2008Moving picture, 123 minutes)

Somewhat lower in bullshit content, but still enormously unreasonable. For a more sane overview of the economics, see e.g. When Corporations Rule the World (1995).

moving picture non-fiction sequel