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The Light Bulb Conspiracy

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DIRECTOR: Cosima Dannoritzer

RELEASE: 2010

IMDB RATING: 8.1

GENRE: Documentary

AWARDS: Sundance Film Festival 2012, Excellence in Cinematography Award U.S. Documentary

SYNOPSIS: Once upon a time..... products were made to last. Then, at the beginning of the 1920s, a group of businessmen were struck by the following insight: 'A product that refuses to wear out is a tragedy of business' (1928). Thus Planned Obsolescence was born. Shortly after, the first worldwide cartel was set up expressly to reduce the life span of the incandescent light bulb, a symbol for innovation and bright new ideas, and the first official victim of Planned Obsolescence. During the 1950s, with the birth of the consumer society, the concept took on a whole new meaning, as explained by flamboyant designer Brooks Stevens: 'Planned Obsolescence, the desire to own something a little newer, a little better, a little sooner than is necessary...'. The growth society flourished, everybody had everything, the waste was piling up (preferably far away in illegal dumps in the Third World) - until consumers started rebelling...

 

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The Light Bulb Conspiracy