Corporation with a Movie Camera

Joel Katz

1992, 33:35 minutes, colour, English


Corporation with a Movie Camera is a videotape about how corporate representations have operated in shaping the American public's ideas about the 'Third World'. Weaving together clips of corporate-produced archival film with poetry, performance and other metaphorically interpretive text, the tape raises questions about how public relations media operate in the constitution of power, how and by whom history is written and how audience and consumer desire are constructed.

Corporation with a Movie Camera includes rarely seen footage from industrials such as Sumatra, Island of Yesterday (Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 1926), and Assignment Venezuela (Creole Petroleum Corporation 1953). Part propaganda, part narrative, part pedantic exposition, these films are rich sites of information about the mentality of corporate enterprise.

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