Going Clear

Going Clear

Scientology & the Prison of Belief

DVD - 2015
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"... [A] look inside the controversial religion from Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney. The film profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, exploring the psychological impact of blind faith, how the church attracts new followers and keeps hold of its A-list celebrity devotees."--Container.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2015]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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StarGladiator
Sep 25, 2018

Back around WWII, when science fiction writer, Robert A. Heinlein, was still a radical progressive [he would later devolve into an unthinking rightwinger], he was approached by aspiring SF writer, Ron Hubbard, who had failed miserably at getting any stories published. Hubbard asked Heinlein for some story suggestions, and RAH outlined a story, based upon a cult, founded as a future SF scam of sorts. Hubbard, instead of using his idea as the basis for a story, founded a cult on RAH's fictional story suggestions. Heinlein would never speak to the fraudster Hubbard again!
Back in the 1970s, a New York magazine article on SRI International [ostensibly some flimsy think tank which had previously attempted to falsely affiliate itself with Stanford University with its name {Stanford Research Institute} and was court-ordered to change it] and a number of the so-called // physicists \\ who were also Scientologists who made some incredibly bogus statements, negating any possibility they were really scientists!
All the scams and bogus stuff and history surrounding this cult truly stupifies a normal person's brain!

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Fionaenzo
Sep 23, 2018

Excellent documentary. Wondering why Scientology still has tax-exempt status? It is truly a cult. Great interviews with former members and footage of the large flashy gatherings which have administrators wearing quasi-militaristic suits with braids and ribbons. Tom Cruise and the chairman salute each other on stage. And the film points out that the staging is similar to that in Nazi propaganda films with torches, etc. Scary to have people following you and showing up at your house when you leave the cult, as well as forcing other members to ostracize you if you choose to leave. Scientology has a headquarters in downtown Seattle.

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Byond
Aug 10, 2018

Ron Hubbard and his legacy loom large in the minds of supporters and opponents. 'Going Clear : Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief', the book, by Lawrence Wright, on which this is based, can be referred to on this sysem. The long descriptive paragraph there will be helpful for orientation. To fill out the picture, there is the brief wiki entry, 'Scientology and the occult'.
It seems the key idea falls under the notion of 'anti-Christ'. One might perceive that Jesus posited a new kingdom of God. In this kingdom, regardless the apparent defeats raining down on it, we can love our neighbors as ourselves and trust God to reward us ultimately.
Hubbard appears to have self hypnotized. He was on a path, it seems, to acquire power, convinced that the occult could help him survive, prevail and prosper. His inspiration was Aleister Crowley. In respect to automatic writing he calls to mind others who feel they have been dictated to by high spirits, including Mohanmed.
There are numerous angles to this story. For example, it is pointed out that LRH wrote a letter to the Department of Veterans (if I've got that right) requesting psychological treatment.
The day after watching this, a supermarket tabloid front-paged a story of harassment of a defector. This group is not as kind as Jesus was to Judas.

JCLIanH Aug 01, 2018

Unsure about what Scientology is all about? This film will give you an excellent point of reference the next time Scientology pops up in the news.

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andreajesse
May 06, 2018

This film is a must-see. I think most people only have a vague understanding of the Church of Scientology. Most people I know just write them off as a bunch of nut jobs. Every tenet of the church's teachings are nutty to be sure. But, what most people don't understanding is the power, money, influence that the Church of Scientology has in all aspects of our society and all over the world. Their tactics are manipulative and psychologically brutal in nature. If the insights into the church in this documentary were only offered by a few disgruntled former members, one might take it all with a grain of salt. No grains necessary here because top ranking former members are interviewed here as well as others. The information they offer will stun you. I was at the edge of my seat watching this. Everyone must be warned of the dangers of this cult.

ArapahoeHollyR Sep 26, 2017

A fascinating, often shocking documentary. I went in knowing very little about Scientology and could hardly believe what I learned. Riveting, well-produced, and highly recommended.

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PHAERTE1
Sep 01, 2017

Best movie about Scientology I've ever seen.

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akirakato
Aug 08, 2017

Directed by Alex Gibney in 2011, this 120-minute documentary devles into a mind-boggling and horrible story of the Church of Scientology, which is a multinational network and hierarchy of numerous ostensibly independent but interconnected corporate entities and other organizations devoted to the practice, administration and dissemination of Scientology, a new cult religious movement.
Though it has attained some credibility as a religion in many countries, Scientology has also been described as both a cult and a commercial enterprise.
Some of the Church's actions also brought scrutiny from the press and law enforcement.
It has been noted to engage in harassment and abuse of civil courts to silence its critics, by identifying as Fair Game people it perceives as its enemies.
Several Scientology members were convicted for their involvement in the church's theft of government documents.
Some scientologists were also convicted of fraud, manslaughter and tampering with witnesses.
It is an informative and anti-brainwashing documentary.

ArapahoeKati Jun 05, 2017

Absolutely fascinating. I watched this in 30-minute increments because I would fall down the research rabbit hole, looking for more information. Really well done!

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mswrite
May 28, 2017

Absorbing adaptation of the Lawrence Wright expose about the cash-cow lunacy that is Scientology. The creepy Tom Cruise segment alone is worth the look, but the entire documentary is jaw-dropping. The saddest and most shocking passage relates (through the saga of former John Travolta handler Spanky Taylor) the plight of the babies and small children taken from their Sea Org parents and placed in Sea Cadet confinement. And that this organization was able to bully the IRS-the IRS!!!--into submission tells you a lot about the reality of this so-called religion. The Mafia has nothing on the "Church" of Scientology.
Fascinating and deeply disturbing.

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ArapahoeKathryn Aug 18, 2016

“In the United States, constitutional guarantees of religious liberty protect the church from actions that might otherwise be considered abusive or in violation of laws in human trafficking or labor standards.”
― Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

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jimg2000
Jun 14, 2016

Snake oil "Clear" concept:
When L. Ron Hubbard first wrote "Dianetics," he thought it was a tremendous psychological breakthrough, so much so that he would be recognized. He wrote letters to the American Psychological Association. They couldn't make heads or tail of his ideas. To them, it was like psychological folk art. For instance, he would talk about "clear." That means that the individual has erased his reactive mind-- <i>his unconscious mind is gone-- and he is totally alert and totally capable. Once you've taken away all these traumatic memories, from this life and previous ones, then you are clear. Someone who had a perfect memory, who was never ill. Your eyesight would be better. We tested people before Scientology processing and after Scientology processing, and uniformly found that their IQ had raised. We are making such individuals, we're making them regularly, and we're making them routinely.

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ArapahoeKathryn Aug 17, 2016

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