ARTE FRANCE, GENERALE DE PRODUCTION (LA)
Worldwide (except United States).
German, English, French
TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD
In this series of 3 episodes covering 150 years of economic, political and cultural history, Cédric Tourbe and Romain Huret dissect the capitalist storytelling that has succeeded in perpetuating the American dream – from Rockefeller to the Koch family, or from Carnegie to Bezos. Culture, advertising, public relations and above all philanthropy are the weapons of a genuine gospel of wealth, which, despite the inequalities, continues to nourish the American psyche. Until when?
In 2018, the three wealthiest Americans’ estimated worth equals that of about half of the least wealthy Americans together; or 162 million people. Since its inception, the United States has been capitalism's very own Promised Land. But the accumulation of wealth cannot come at the expense of democracy – as the founding fathers, themselves multimillionaires, said. Too many inequalities heighten the risk of chaos. Capital versus democracy: a very American equation.
1. The Merchants of the Temple (1870-1945)
2. The Republic of Consumers (1946-1980)
3. Unfettered Wealth (1981-2021)