5 Best Movies and TV Shows about Advertising

Let’s be honest: advertisements are what we constantly see around us. Aren’t you curious about the world behind bright images and smiling faces? It is time to take an insider look at how it works.

1. Mad Men (2007 – 2015)

The action takes place at the beginning of the 1960s in New York. The drama is about one of the most prestigious ad agencies. It is enjoying success, but competitors will make everything to succeed. The main character is Don Draper, a talented ad executive.

You will learn about life in the ad industry and methods of advertising. As you know, it’s not what you sell; it’s how you sell.

2. Thank You for Smoking (2005)

The movie is based on a book written by Christopher Buckley. Nick Naylor, the chief spokesman of a famous tobacco firm, spread the word that cigarettes are okay and there is nothing wrong in smoking. Nick knows that it’s a lie but he needs money to raise his son.

As he said, “The beauty of an argument is that if you argue correctly, you’re never wrong”. This film shows us that every product can be promoted.

3. Generation P (2011)

You will follow the rise of the advertising industry in Russia. The main character is Babylen Tatarsky, a homeless man drifting aimlessly in life. With the help of his best friend, he takes a job in advertising. The film is based on a famous novel by Victor Pelevin.

This movie will give you an idea of the corruption, consumerism, and advertising in post-soviet Russia.

4. Wag the Dog (1997)

To ‘wag the dog’ means to distract attention from something really important to something that has lesser significance. The president involved in the sex scandal and a spin doctor with a Hollywood producer fabricate a fictional war in Albania to deflect attention.

You will learn more about the role of PR in politics and realize the power of situational marketing.

5. 99 Francs (2007)

It is a satire on the advertising industry. Octave Parango works in the world’s largest ad agency. For him, “man is a product like everything else”. Octave is a successful man but has some doubts. In the end, he decides to rebel against the system.

Interesting take on the marketing industry and an extremely unusual way to critic it. “99 Francs” was originally a novel by Frederic Beigbeder.

This selection of movies and TV series is your ticket to the world of advertising. Grab some popcorn and have a great evening!

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