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COLLAPSE (2009)

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• ****(4/4 stars) Roger Ebert • “Superb! Grade A!” Entertainment Weekly • “Shockingly persuasive…unexpectedly moving.” The New York Times • “Compelling and disturbing.” USA Today • “COLLAPSE will leave you shaken about the future of our planet…” San Francisco Chronicle • “Mesmerising! Makes Michael Moore sound like Mr Rogers.” Vancouver Sun • “From popcorn chompers such as 2012 to more cerebral fare like THE ROA, COLLAPSE is hands down the most chilling.” Globe and Mail • “Hypnoctic and haunting.” TIME magazine • “He makes AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH’s Al Gore look like he’s leading a pep rally.” Vancouver Straight


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Catalogue No. ACC0172
SRP A$24.95
APN 9333723001728
DVD Release Date 22 Sep 2010
Director Chris Smith
Producer --
Cast Michael Ruppert
Genre Documentary
Rating M (Coarse language)
Run Time 90 mins
Visual Format 1.85:1
Audio Format Dolby 2.0
Language English
Special Features ADDITIONAL 2010 UPDATES, DELETED SCENES.
Quotes • ****(4/4 stars) Roger Ebert • “Superb! Grade A!” Entertainment Weekly • “Shockingly persuasive…unexpectedly moving.” The New York Times • “Compelling and disturbing.” USA Today • “COLLAPSE will leave you shaken about the future of our planet…” San Francisco Chronicle • “Mesmerising! Makes Michael Moore sound like Mr Rogers.” Vancouver Sun • “From popcorn chompers such as 2012 to more cerebral fare like THE ROA, COLLAPSE is hands down the most chilling.” Globe and Mail • “Hypnoctic and haunting.” TIME magazine • “He makes AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH’s Al Gore look like he’s leading a pep rally.” Vancouver Straight
Awards --

Synopsis
Americans generally like to hear good news. They like to believe that a new president will right old wrongs, that clean energy will replace dirty oil and that fresh thinking will set the economy straight. American pundits tend to restrain their pessimism and hope for the best. But is anyone prepared for the worst?
Meet Michael Ruppert, a different kind of American. A former Los Angeles police officer turned independent reporter, he predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter. From the Wilderness, at a time when most Wall Street and Washington analysts were still in denial. Director Chris Smith has shown an affinity for outsiders in films like American Movie and The Yes Men. In Collapse, he departs stylistically from his past documentaries by interviewing Ruppert in a format that recalls the work of Errol Morris and Spalding Gray.
Sitting in a room that looks like a bunker, Ruppert recounts his career as a radical thinker and spells out the crises he sees ahead. He draws upon the same news reports and data available to any Internet user, but he applies a unique interpretation. He is especially passionate about the issue of “peak oil,” the concern raised by scientists since the seventies that the world will eventually run out of fossil fuel. While other experts debate this issue in measured tones, Rupperts doesn’t hold back at sounding an alarm, portraying an apocalyptic future. Listening to his rapid flow of opinions, the viewer is likely to question some of the rhetoric as paranoid or deluded, and to sway back and forth on what to make of the extremism. Smith lets viewers form their own judgments.
Collapse also serves as a portrait of a loner. Over the years, Ruppert has stood up for what he believes in despite fierce opposition. He candidly describes the sacrifices and motivators in his life. While other observers analyze details of the economic crisis, Ruppert views it as symptomatic of nothing less than the collapse of industrial civilization itself.
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