Film Guide (with free films) – Part 3 – Biographies

A few years ago I used to run a biweekly free film showing in the University for anyone who wanted to come along. The films were a mix of documentaries, fiction and  based on true story stuff. I would try to get a guest along to speak too.

I thought I would make the list of films available here with links to where you can see them free where possible.

I’ve divided them into rough groups and posted links to where you can find them online if you want to. The first week I had some films about the media and the second was more economics.

This time we are on to biographies of some of the great and good or not so good.

The Fog of War – Definitely in the not so good category is Robert MacNamara. This documentary about him is very informative and at the end he almost, and I mean almost, shows some contrition. You can watch it online here.

The Most Dangerous Man In America – This film about Daniel Ellsberg, who you might describe as the Julian Assange of his day, is an excellent look at the courage of the man in question.

Bush’s Brain – A documentary about Karl Rove and also about the role of spin doctors in modern politics. It at least tries to explain how such a duffer could end up as president. The trailer is here but I am sure it wouldn’t be too difficult to find on online version of it.


Saturday Matinee 16 – The Most Dangerous Man In America

A truly wonderful documentary that won several awards about Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower that got the Pentagon Papers out to the public. It is historically interesting and very moving at the same time. Also, if you had any lingering doubts about Nixon, just listen to the clips of him…

If monarchy is corrupting – and it is – wait till you see what overt empire does to us.
Daniel Ellsberg

First part here, others on the continuation page…



This week we have Eugene Jarecki’s Why We Fight which, amongst other things, examines the lies that are used to manipulate the public into supporting wars…


We are all supposed to know what bad behaviour is. Things we shouldn’t do are drummed into us from a very young age, at home and at school.

Curiously enough, the same schools that tells us a lot of what we see as good and bad behaviour often also tell us about the so-called ‘captains of industry’ and what they have done to benefit us all.

Well, here are two examples about their behaviour and I will leave you to decide if they are good or bad.

1. According to David Rovics [and many others], Henry Ford [or at least the Ford parent company] sued the US government for bombing its tank-making facilities in Nazi Germany.

Yes, you read that right.

They also won the case.

“A brownshirt with a swastika draped in red white and blue” as the song goes.

2. According to John Pilger, the company that made the chemical Agent Orange which the US used to defoliate the Vietnamese jungle – simultaneously destroying animal and plant life and poisoning the Vietnamese population and their own soldiers, then sued the US government for not adequately protecting its soldiers.