Friday Movie Night - The Prize

hot buttered popcorn It's Friday Night! Party Time!   Time to relax, put your feet up on the couch, lay back, and watch some detailed videos on economic policy!


This weeks film is The Prize. An 8 part series adapted from Daniel Yergin's Pultizer Prize winning Epic History of Global oil.

Contained within are dirty tricks, monopolies, Machiavellian business tactics, the break-up of Standard oil, wars, the CIA, coups and the general dictation of the oil economy. This exceptional PBS documentary is politically neutral and shows what happens when the world chases black gold. It's also a great study for any major sector corporate industry.


The Prize - Episode 1: Our Plan


The Prize - Episode 2: Empires of Oil


The Prize - Episode 3: The Black Giant


The Prize - Episode 4: War and Oil


The Prize - Episode 5: Crude Diplomacy


The Prize - Episode 6: Power to the Producers


The Prize - Episode 7: The Tinderbox


The Prize - Episode 8: The New Order of Oil



Fires of Kuwait

The Prize is an incredible history and economics film on the oil as a commodity, industrial sector, industry and it's affects on geopolitics. This is actually an EP re-run, originally posted as a FMN in November 2008. But I thought due to the gulf oil spill, there would be renewed interest in actually watching it. If you have not seen this, it's a must watch as the definitive book and documentary on the history of oil.

With that, here is another documentary that is amazing but it doesn't have much economics information contained within, hence it's being put in a comment.

The Fires of Kuwait IMAX film. Below is the first segment, the rest can be found on youtube here.