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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

US 120m, Colour
Director: Alex Gibney; Cast: Lawrence Wright, Mark Rathbun, Monique Rathbun, Mike Rinder, Jason Beghe, Paul Haggis, Sylvia Taylor, Sara Goldberg, Tony Ortega, Kim Masters

going-clearBased on Lawrence Wright’s 2013 book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief, this is an enlightening documentary and expose on the history of Scientology and its business dealings after the death of its founder L. Ron Hubbard. Beyond the nonsensical science fiction writings laid down by Hubbard as the foundation of his movement, the most startling revelations lie at the individual testimony of former high-ranking members who continue to be intimidated by the very tenets of the church (Klaus Ming April 2016).


4 comments on “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

  1. SJHoneywell

    I can’t say I enjoyed this film, but I think it’s important and worth seeing. Watching people stew in a mental prison isn’t something I take pleasure in, though.

    • Klaus

      Yeah, definitely an important documentary, but probably not something that i’ll watch again any time soon for its entertainment value.

      Thinking about the entertainment value of this reminded me of The Master (2012) and how much Paul Thomas Anderson borrowed. https://klausming.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/the-master-2012/

  2. Dan O.

    Definitely makes you think twice about Scientologists. Nice review Klaus.

    • Klaus

      I hadn’t given them much thought before seeing this.

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