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A feature film on Henry George.

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  • John
    http://backhomepictures.com/#section_development Ewan McGregor does not star in small films. He is a well established big actor. George A screenplay by
    Message 1 of 11 , Feb 12, 2013
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      Ewan McGregor does not star in small films. He is a well established "big" actor.

      '"George"

      A screenplay by Charles Ashira and Stephen Gottlieb.

      "George" is an epic story about a nineteenth century highly popular American hero. Starting from a life of abject poverty, Henry George rose to the highest level of notoriety with the publication of his magnum opus and authoritative book "Progress and Poverty" which sold over five million copies after its publication in 1879. Drafted by popular demand to run for the office of Mayor in New York City, the story focuses mostly on Henry George's mayoral bid. However, "George" is really two exciting movies in one: it is about the true saga of one of history's transcendent social philosophers and activists (think a feisty Jude Law), intertwined with the fictional present-day story of a dynamic young political leader (think an enthusiastic, but pragmatic Ewan McGregor) whose wisdom, integrity and courage bring Henry George and his teachings to life in the 21st Century.

      Why do we believe that this story must be made into a movie?

      As a true American hero and one of history's most inspirational characters, Henry George's personal life story alone would suffice to justify a feature-length film. But there is a great deal more that makes this story so compelling.

      Simply put, George's genius is more relevant today than ever before. We firmly believe that his strategy for achieving a thriving economy is an idea whose time has come, a plan that demands to be reckoned with – now.

      As a passionate young journalist, Henry George delivered a lecture to the faculty, administration, and the entire student body of the University of California at Berkeley – and posed this question:

      "…Why is it that since the publication of Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations" there has been virtually no progress in the study of Political Economy? Is it such a difficult, complex science? Or are economists so thickheaded? Why have economists never come up with a remedy for the wretchedness and the suffering of that ever-increasing portion of the population we call the poor -- even as technology advances, and the rich grow richer day by day? Is the best we can come up with some crazed and dangerous theory like socialism, communism or collectivism?"

      "George", the movie, will dramatize both this burning question and the answer he gave, years later, in his breakthrough book "Progress and Poverty". This motion picture will capture people's imagination around the globe and become a formidable unifying force toward the implementation of George's brilliant, just, and eminently sensible economic policy.

      We further submit that this movie offers the most effective available means of galvanizing today's confused and fragmented world. Already, numerous leaders from otherwise polarized and opposing camps have voiced their agreement with George's philosophy – including, amazingly, both the Tea Party and Occupy movements, political Independents, and a growing disenchanted constituency from among all the major parties. This idea has proven itself incontrovertible, only to be crushed time and time again by greedy vested interests who have placed their own gratification above the public good. The world is ready to drop the resistance and embrace the remedy.

      The genius of George's plan lies in the fact that while it is firmly rooted in Divine law – and therefore resonates with people of faith – it also makes perfect sense to the secularist's inclination toward natural law. While entertaining, this movie will stir the soul, satisfy the mind, and kindle a flame in the public heart.'
    • roy_langston
      ... Best of luck to them; but frankly, I ve always thought Turgot s life would make a much better movie. You ve got the actual implementation that succeeded
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        --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "John" wrote:

        > '"George"
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        > A screenplay by Charles Ashira and Stephen Gottlieb.

        Best of luck to them; but frankly, I've always thought Turgot's life would make a much better movie. You've got the actual implementation that succeeded brilliantly in Limosges; Louis XV's attempt to achieve the same result for all France by appointing Turgot minister of finance; the court intrigue, conspiracy, and phony "food riots" that bring Turgot down; and then the denouement: the French Revolution that annihilates the greedy, evil parasites who stopped Turgot from rescuing them from their own greed.

        Whatever happened to that earlier project about LVT's success in Venice, and the collapse when it was abandoned? ISTR there was quite an effective trailer narrated by Alan Rickman.

        -- Roy Langston
      • John
        ... Roy, the further back in time the less people think it is relevant to today. The last great land taxer was Henry George. George has been erased from
        Message 3 of 11 , Feb 13, 2013
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          --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "roy_langston" wrote:
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          > --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "John" wrote:
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          > > '"George"
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          > > A screenplay by Charles Ashira and Stephen Gottlieb.
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          > Best of luck to them; but frankly, I've always thought Turgot's life would make a much better movie.
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          Roy, the further back in time the less people think it is relevant to today. The last great land taxer was Henry George. George has been erased from mainstream history, which adds to the mystique of why?
        • k_r_johansen
          ... In the economics field, it s pretty obvious why he has been put on the shelves, the whole concept of economic rent is to this day being fought against. In
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            --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "John" wrote:
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            > --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "roy_langston" wrote:
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            > > --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "John" wrote:
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            > > > '"George"
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            > > > A screenplay by Charles Ashira and Stephen Gottlieb.
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            > > Best of luck to them; but frankly, I've always thought Turgot's life would make a much better movie.
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            > Roy, the further back in time the less people think it is relevant to today. The last great land taxer was Henry George. George has been erased from mainstream history, which adds to the mystique of why?
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            In the economics field, it's pretty obvious why he has been put on the shelves, the whole concept of economic rent is to this day being fought against. In the wider context, I don't think there has been any conspiracy at work, we've just been busy with the whole left vs. right, economic illiteracy vs. maintaining privileges and special interest, -thing. Spiced with a bit of nazism and fascism...

            What role does Ewan McGregor have in this though?

            Kj
          • walto
            ... I take it McGregor is somebody s fantasy casting choice--as is Jude Law. Zach Galifianokos actually looks more the part, though. Also, George wasn t
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              --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "k_r_johansen" wrote:
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              > --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "John" wrote:
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              > > --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "roy_langston" wrote:
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              > > > --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "John" wrote:
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              > > > > '"George"
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              > > > > A screenplay by Charles Ashira and Stephen Gottlieb.
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              > > > Best of luck to them; but frankly, I've always thought Turgot's life would make a much better movie.
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              > > Roy, the further back in time the less people think it is relevant to today. The last great land taxer was Henry George. George has been erased from mainstream history, which adds to the mystique of why?
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              > In the economics field, it's pretty obvious why he has been put on the shelves, the whole concept of economic rent is to this day being fought against. In the wider context, I don't think there has been any conspiracy at work, we've just been busy with the whole left vs. right, economic illiteracy vs. maintaining privileges and special interest, -thing. Spiced with a bit of nazism and fascism...
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              > What role does Ewan McGregor have in this though?
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              > Kj
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              I take it McGregor is somebody's fantasy casting choice--as is Jude Law. Zach Galifianokos actually looks more the part, though.

              Also, George wasn't really a land taxer, was he? He was a land taxer wannabe--like us. How about Kerensky? Did his Provisional Gov't actually levy some land value taxes--or just talk about doing so?

              W
            • David Reed
              Be realistic .This is just a script in development:by an advertising outfit thats made some Public Service announcements for TV . Jude Law and Ewan McGregor
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                Be  realistic .This is just a script in development:by an advertising outfit thats made some Public Service announcements for TV .
                Jude Law and Ewan McGregor were cited as TYPES  for the title role not as cast members. 

                To: LandCafe@yahoogroups.com
                From: calhorn@...
                Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:19:41 +0000
                Subject: [LandCafe] Re: A feature film on Henry George.

                 


                --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "k_r_johansen" wrote:
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                > --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "John" wrote:
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                > > --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "roy_langston" wrote:
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                > > > --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "John" wrote:
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                > > > > '"George"
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                > > > > A screenplay by Charles Ashira and Stephen Gottlieb.
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                > > > Best of luck to them; but frankly, I've always thought Turgot's life would make a much better movie.
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                > > Roy, the further back in time the less people think it is relevant to today. The last great land taxer was Henry George. George has been erased from mainstream history, which adds to the mystique of why?
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                > In the economics field, it's pretty obvious why he has been put on the shelves, the whole concept of economic rent is to this day being fought against. In the wider context, I don't think there has been any conspiracy at work, we've just been busy with the whole left vs. right, economic illiteracy vs. maintaining privileges and special interest, -thing. Spiced with a bit of nazism and fascism...
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                > What role does Ewan McGregor have in this though?
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                > Kj
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                I take it McGregor is somebody's fantasy casting choice--as is Jude Law. Zach Galifianokos actually looks more the part, though.

                Also, George wasn't really a land taxer, was he? He was a land taxer wannabe--like us. How about Kerensky? Did his Provisional Gov't actually levy some land value taxes--or just talk about doing so?

                W


              • walto
                ... Exactly. That s what I meant by fantasy casting choice. W
                Message 7 of 11 , Feb 13, 2013
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                  --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, David Reed wrote:
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                  > Be realistic .This is just a script in development:by an advertising outfit thats made some Public Service announcements for TV .
                  > Jude Law and Ewan McGregor were cited as TYPES for the title role not as cast members.

                  Exactly. That's what I meant by "fantasy casting choice."

                  W
                • roy_langston
                  ... I don t agree with that assessment at all. If the parallels are drawn clearly, people can see the relevance -- which is why Shakespeare s plays about
                  Message 8 of 11 , Feb 13, 2013
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                    --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "John" wrote:

                    > --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "roy_langston" wrote:
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                    > > Best of luck to them; but frankly, I've always thought Turgot's life would make a much better movie.
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                    > Roy, the further back in time the less people think it is relevant to today.

                    I don't agree with that assessment at all. If the parallels are drawn clearly, people can see the relevance -- which is why Shakespeare's plays about Roman history were and are so relevant.

                    The parallels of our current age with France's ancien regime and the looming disaster of the Revolution and Bonapartism are much more piquant than the parallels with George's time, when huge amounts of land had recently been made available, slavery had recently been abolished, state and local governments were already getting substantial revenue from land-based taxes, etc.

                    > The last great land taxer was Henry George.

                    But the FIRST great land taxer was Turgot -- and Henry George never actually implemented a land tax anywhere. Turgot did.

                    Sorry, John, but Henry George's story just isn't good cinema. Turgot's could be _great_ cinema, as well as a thundering lesson on the need for LVT to stave off a civilization-ending economic disaster in our times.

                    > George has been erased from mainstream history, which adds to the mystique of why?

                    So has Turgot, and he was a far more important figure than George. Turgot was the man who put the physiocrats on the map, laid the foundations of classical economics, and taught Adam Smith about laissez faire. He was also France's minister of finance at a time when France was the largest economy in Europe -- more powerful than the US Treasury Secretary and Fed chairman combined.

                    I have explained the cinematic potential of Turgot's story. Where is the cinematic potential of Henry George's story? There's just nothing to look at: no suspense, no violence, no romantic triangle, no heroism, no big story, no starving children or mistreated animals, no royal court pageantry, no intrigue and treason in high places, no nothing.

                    Help me out, here.

                    -- Roy Langston
                  • David Reed
                    @Walto Apologies.My comments were directed at some of the excited chatter; I was trying to reinforce your warnings about fantasy casting . To:
                    Message 9 of 11 , Feb 15, 2013
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                      @Walto
                      Apologies.My comments were directed at some of the excited chatter;  I was  trying to reinforce your warnings about "fantasy casting".
                       

                      To: LandCafe@yahoogroups.com
                      From: calhorn@...
                      Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 20:25:40 +0000
                      Subject: [LandCafe] Re: A feature film on Henry George.

                       


                      --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, David Reed wrote:
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                      > Be realistic .This is just a script in development:by an advertising outfit thats made some Public Service announcements for TV .
                      > Jude Law and Ewan McGregor were cited as TYPES for the title role not as cast members.

                      Exactly. That's what I meant by "fantasy casting choice."

                      W


                    • John
                      Henry George the Movie - trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzrNAs5Cysw
                      Message 10 of 11 , Feb 18, 2013
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                        Henry George the Movie - trailer

                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzrNAs5Cysw
                      • roy_langston
                        ... IMO they need to focus group the hell out of that sucker. -- Roy Langston
                        Message 11 of 11 , Feb 18, 2013
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                          --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "John" <burns-john@...> wrote:

                          > Henry George the Movie - trailer
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                          > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzrNAs5Cysw

                          IMO they need to focus group the hell out of that sucker.

                          -- Roy Langston
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