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Collapse [DVD] [2009] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Michael Ruppert is an independent journalist who has made a minor career out of telling people news that most folks do not want to know. Ruppert, a former police officer, predicted the Wall Street debacle of 2008 several years before the fact, at a time when most analysts were still imagining infinite growth for the stock market and major investment banks. Since then, his vision of the world's future has grown only darker. As Ruppert sees it, civilization and the global economy has yet to wean itself off fossil fuels, and when the world's supply of oil finally runs out, it will lead to a global financial catastrophe that will leave no one unscathed. But while most of what Ruppert has to say bears the ring of truth, there's a small audience for his dire message -- the primary medium for his work is a self-published newsletter, and his most recent book has done so poorly in the marketplace that he faces eviction from his home. Is Ruppert right? And if he is, why doesn't anyone care? Filmmaker Chris Smith profiles Michael Ruppert and gives him a chance to explain his apocalyptic vision of the future at length in the documentary COLLAPSE, which was an official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.
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  • Critic Reviews
    "[M]esmerizing....Shooting the tortured, chain-smoking Ruppert inside what looks like a bunker, Smith's film takes the form of Errol Morris's THE FOG OF WAR, illustrating long, feverishly intense monologues with dazzling montages."
    A.V. Club

    "[A]n alternately frightening and mournful talkathon starring the conspiracy theories of ex-LAPD cop-reporter-author Michael Ruppert."
    Los Angeles Times

    "A chilling monologue of imminent catastrophe, COLLAPSE is not just sobering; it's full-on assault....His well-rehearsed rhetoric is shockingly persuasive..."
    New York Times

    3.5 stars out of 5 -- "COLLAPSE is an intriguing, topical documentary....This transformation of human subject under the scrutiny of the lens is more riveting and accomplished than anything Morris captured in THE FOG OF WAR."
    Box Office

    "The grippingly articulate Ruppert is like Noam Chomsky as a wry pundit of doom."
    Entertainment Weekly

    Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Ten Best Documentaries Of 2009" -- "A mesmerizing use of images, music, and Ruppert's implacable voice."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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