The Light Bulb Conspiracy

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The Light Bulb Conspiracy

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The Light Bulb Conspiracy

Release Date: November 30, 2010

Year    :   2010
Slogan    :   «The untold story of Planned Obsolescence»
Genres    :   Documentary
Production Companies    :   Media 3.14, ARTE France Cinéma, TV3, TVE
Director    :   Cosima Dannoritzer
Producers    :   Patrice Barrat, Joan Úbeda, Davina Breillet
Writers    :   Cosima Dannoritzer
RunTime    :   75 mins.

Once upon a time... consumer goods were built to last. Then, in the 1920’s, a group of businessmen realized that the longer their product lasted, the less money they made, thus Planned Obsolescence was born, and manufacturers have been engineering products to fail ever since. Combining investigative research and rare archive footage with analysis by those working on ways to save both the economy and the environment, this documentary charts the creation of ‘engineering to fail’, its rise to prominence and its recent fall from grace.

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