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Title:
Collapse
Edition:
Widescreen.
Publication Information:
[United States] : Film Buff ; [Distributed by] MPI Media Group, c2010.
ISBN:
9780788610639
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (80 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details:
DVD; region 1, NTSC; widescreen (1.78:1) presentation; Dolby digital.
Target Audience:
Not rated.
Language:
English
Language Note:
English dialogue with optional Spanish subtitles.
General Note:
Based on a book by Michael Ruppert

Originally produced as a motion picture in 2009.

Special features: Trailer ; deleted scenes ; Collapse update.
Abstract:
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.
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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi