The Secret (2006 film)

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The Secret
TheSecretLogo.jpg
Directed by Drew Heriot
Produced by Rhonda Byrne (Executive Producer), Paul Harrington (Producer)
Distributed by Prime Time Productions, Dragon 8 PR (Original Banned Edition)
Release dates March 26, 2006
Running time 87 mins
Language English
Budget $3,500,000[1]
Box office $65,617,104[2]

The Secret is a 2006 film[3] produced by Prime Time Productions consisting of a series of interviews designed to demonstrate everything one wants or needs can be satisfied by believing in an outcome, repeatedly thinking about it, and maintaining positive emotional states to "attract" the desired outcome.

The censored version of the film and the subsequent publication of the book of the same name attracted interest from media figures such as Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Larry King as well as criticism from the mainstream press.

Synopsis[edit]

The Secret, described as a self-help film,[4][5] uses a documentary format to present the law of attraction. As described in the film, the "Law of Attraction" principle posits that feelings and thoughts can attract events, feelings, and experiences, from the workings of the cosmos to interactions among individuals in their physical, emotional, and professional affairs. The film also suggests that there has been a strong tendency by those in positions of power to keep this central principle hidden from the public.

Teachers of the law of attraction[edit]

The film includes interviews with individuals self-described as professionals and authors in the fields of Quantum physics, psychology, metaphysics, coaching, theology, philosophy, finance, feng shui, medicine, and personal development, who are referred to as "secret teachers". Some of these individuals, on their Web sites, promote the film and their connection to it. A few of the individuals with only brief appearances do not specifically speak of the "law of attraction" in their interviews, so their support of the concepts is based on viewer assumption.

Individuals who focus on the law of attraction, who are interviewed in the film, and have later been featured on prominent American TV shows, are: John Assaraf, Rev. Michael Beckwith, John Demartini, Bob Proctor, Jack Canfield, James Arthur Ray, Joe Vitale, Lisa Nichols, Marie Diamond, and John Gray. Other people involved in the film, who have spoken of their strong belief in the Law of Attraction include Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks[6] (original edition only),[7] Mike Dooley, Bob Doyle, David Schirmer, and Marci Shimoff. Others interviewed in the film, and who voice very similar views without actually using the phrase "law of attraction" include Lee Brower (Board Member of WorldVuer), Hale Dwoskin, Cathy Goodman, Morris E. Goodman, John Hagelin, Bill Harris,[8] Ben Johnson,[9] Loral Langemeier, Denis Waitley, Neale Donald Walsch, and Fred Alan Wolf.

Historical foundations in New Thought ideas[edit]

The authors of The Secret cite the New Thought movement which began in the late 18th century as the historical basis for their ideas.[10][11]

Essentially, The Secret is ... touting the principles of New Thought and Unity Christianity. The teachers of The Secret have been regulars on New Thought/Unity circuit for years — now more "prosperous" than ever.[11]

The New Thought book The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles, the source Rhonda Byrne cites as inspiration for the film, was preceded by numerous other New Thought books, including the 1906 book Thought Vibration or the law of attraction in the Thought World by William Walker Atkinson,[12] editor of New Thought magazine. Other New Thought books Byrne is purported to have read include self-help authors like Prentice Mulford's 19th-century Thoughts Are Things; and Robert Collier's Secret of the Ages from 1926.[6]

The opening sequences of the film portray the alleged history of The Secret — showing:

In a sequence titled, "The Secret was Buried:"
  • The text of the Emerald Tablet being copied on to a scroll and given to a priest.
  • The Emerald Tablet being buried near the Pyramids of Giza.[13]
Followed by a sequence titled, "The Secret was Coveted:"
Followed by a sequence titled, "The Secret was Suppressed:"
  • A series of brief scenes of the business elite meeting in a contemporary board room.

Portrayal of ideas preceding the New Thought movement[edit]

The Secret website cites the Emerald Tablet, said to be written by Hermes Trismegistus (purportedly a "secret teacher"), as... one of the most important historical documents known to mankind".[13] Byrne posits that the earliest trace of "the secret" occurred in the Emerald Tablet,[16] followed much later by the Rosicrucians — a "secret order that espoused many of the ideas of The Secret."[11] Mention is made of Victor Hugo and Ludwig van Beethoven's supposed membership in the order as well as Isaac Newton's purported work in translating the tablet.[13] However, no solid evidence has been shown proving this.

Carolyn Sackariason of the Aspen Times, when commenting about Byrne's intention to share The Secret with the world, identifies the Rosicrucians as keepers of The Secret:

"The Mastery of Life" (a Rosicrucian teaching similar to The Secret) is not difficult to grasp, but the secret of the Rosicrucian tradition has been protected and preserved for thousands of years, shown only to those who have proven a true desire to know.[17]

Neither the words "Emerald Tablet" nor "Rosicrucian" are spoken in the film, however, at key transition points the screen image rapidly zooms in on the word "Rosicrucian".[11]

During these transitions a page is seen containing the quote "the Rosicrucians were a 'secret' Order.

Elements in opening sequences[edit]

Many elements pass quickly in the cinematic, historical sequences at the beginning of the film and are not explained or otherwise mentioned in the film (listed in the order in which they appear — excepting Rosicrucian element):

Production[edit]

The film was created by Prime Time Productions of Melbourne, Australia with Rhonda Byrne, executive producer; Paul Harrington, producer; and Drew Heriot, director. Gozer Media of Collingwood, a suburb of Melbourne, is the design house responsible for the visual style and feel of the film and book.[15][23][24] Byrne's company TS Production LLC, a Hungarian company, is responsible for marketing and distribution of the film and book.[25] Byrne commented about the research she did prior to making the film:

So I sat down and did a huge list of everything I had read ... and when I finished the list I handed it to them [the film production team]. They said that's impossible, you couldn't read that many books in a year, two years, and I had read all of those books in two and a half weeks - and well, that's The Secret.[26]

Byrne's inspiration for creating The Secret came from reading the 1910 book The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles.[5] The film was done as a project for Australia's Nine Network. Nine put up less than 25% of the $3 million project[27] with additional funding from mortgaging Byrne's home and from an investment by Bob Rainone, "a former Internet executive in Chicago".[6] Rainone became the CEO of one of Byrne's companies, The Secret LLC, and is described by Byrne as "delivered to us from heaven".[28]

Shooting of the interviews was done in July and August 2005 with editing "effectively completed by Christmas time".[29] About 55 teachers and authors were interviewed[27] at locations including Chicago, Aspen, Alaska,[29] and a Mexican Riviera cruise (interviewing Esther Hicks).[30] The film uses 24 of these teachers in the "Extended Edition" of the film. The first edition featured a 25th teacher, Esther Hicks, known "as the most prominent interpreter of the Law of Attraction". Since the first release of the DVD, Esther Hicks declined to continue with the project. Her 10% share of sales netted the Hickses $500,000. As a result of this, scenes with Esther Hicks, are instead narrated by Lisa Nichols and Marci Shimoff.[6] No other "secret teachers" received compensation for their appearance in the film — revealed by Bob Proctor in an interview[31] on Nightline.[32]

Betsy Chasse, one of the producers, directors, and screenwriters for What the Bleep Do We Know!? interviewed Paul Harrington, the co-producer of The Secret. In the interview, Harrington gave this description of Byrne's production methods: "We used the law of attraction during the making of the program. We went very unconventional, in terms of scheduling and budgeting. We allowed things to come to us... We just had faith that things would come to us."[29]

Channel Nine, after viewing the completed film, chose to not broadcast it. A new contract was negotiated with all DVD sales going to Byrne's companies (Prime Time and The Secret LLC). In hindsight, Len Downs of Channel Nine commented, "we looked at it and we didn't deem it as having broad, mass appeal". The film was eventually broadcast by Channel Nine at 10:30 pm on Saturday, 3 February 2007.[27] Downs reported that "it didn't do all that well".[5] The film was sold on DVD and also broadcast online through streaming media.

Marketing[edit]

Packaging[edit]

The film has been described as a "slick repackaging" of the Law of Attraction,[33] a concept originating in the New Thought ideas of the late 19th century.[11] In producing the film, the law was intentionally "packaged" with a focus on "wealth enhancement" — differing from the more spiritual orientation of the New Thought Movement.[34] One of the film's backers stated, "we desired to hit the masses, and money is the number one thing on the masses' minds".[35] A review in salon.com described the packaging of the products related to the film as having "a look... that conjures a 'Da Vinci Code' aesthetic, full of pretty faux parchment, quill-and-ink fonts and wax seals.[36]

Choosing to package the film's theme as a "secret" has been called an important component of the film's popularity. Donavin Bennes, a buyer who specializes in metaphysics for Borders Books, stated "We all want to be in on a secret. But to present it as the secret, that was brilliant." [5]

Marketing campaign[edit]

The movie was advertised on the Internet using tease advertising and viral marketing techniques in which The Secret and the specific details of the film were not revealed. Additionally, Prime Time Productions granted written permission to individuals or companies, via application at the official site, to provide free screenings of the film to public audiences. Optionally, the DVD may be sold at these screenings.

The book[edit]

Main article: The Secret (book)

A companion book by Rhonda Byrne was published called The Secret (Simon & Schuster, 2006).

The Secret was featured on two episodes of Oprah[37][38] — and as the film reached number one on the Amazon DVD chart in March 2007, the book version of The Secret reached number one on The New York Times bestseller list.[35]

For much of February through April 2007, both the book and the DVD versions were #1 or #2 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Borders. Simon & Schuster released a second printing of 2 million copies of The Secret — "the biggest order for a second printing in its history,"[39] while Time reported brisk sales of the DVD through New Age bookstores, and New Thought churches, such as Unity and Agape International Spiritual Center.[35]

The book has also led to increased sales of similar books.

Reception[edit]

The Secret has been described as a "self-help phenomenon",[40] a "publishing phenomenon",[34] and a "cultural phenomenon".[4][41] Some examples of published criticism of the film include "breathless pizzazz" for a tired self-help genre;[5] "emphatically cinematic" and "driven by images and emotions rather than logic";[42] a blend of Tony Robbins and The Da Vinci Code;[4] and "the Unsolved Mysteries of infomercials"[42]

Several critics wrote about the Secret as related to the more general self-help phenomenon. Julie Mason of the Ottawa Citizen wrote that word-of-mouth about the film spread through Pilates classes, "get-rich-quick websites" and personal motivation blogs.[43] Jane Lampman of the Christian Science Monitor described The Secret as a brand promoting secret-related teachers, seminars and retreats.[34] According to Jill Culora of the New York Post, fans of The Secret have posted on a wide range of blogs and web forums accounts of how shifting from negative to positive thoughts had created major improvements in their lives.[39]

In 2007, The Secret was reportedly being discussed in "e-mails, in chat rooms, around office cubicles, [and] on blind dates". It is recognized as having a broad and varied impact on culture and is likened to a "Hollywood phenomenon".[39]

On Larry King Live, when asked where God fitted into the system, Joe Vitale said "God is all of us. God is the secret and everything about it. This is a law from God."[44]

Parodies[edit]

In the 2007-03-17 episode of Saturday Night Live, cast members spoofed The Secret in a sketch with Oprah Winfrey (Maya Rudolph) interviewing Rhonda Byrne (Amy Poehler).[45] Includes a scene of a man in Darfur being scolded for his lousy attitude.[46] >Saturday Night Live season 32 episode 15 (2007-03-17):

Rhonda: Olessi, I know this is hard for you to hear, but your outlook is what's hurting you.
Olessi: No, I think it's the Janjaweed.
Rhonda: No, it's you!

The film was parodied in the Boston Legal episode "Brotherly Love," where Denny Crane tried to use the "Law of Attraction" to draw Raquel Welch to him (he was planning to move on to world peace if successful). Unfortunately, Phyllis Diller was the person he eventually drew in.

On 2007-05-16, the concept was parodied on The Chaser's War on Everything, a satirical comedy program on Australia's ABC network.[47] The show provided an analysis of The Secret, with various themes and theories of the film tested to see if they work in real life, including asking for a parking spot and then pulling into it, despite the fact that there was a car already there, and asking the universe for objects in stores and then just taking them. It was the first subject of the segment "Nut Job of the Week".

Pulitzer Prize-winning political columnist Maureen Dowd invoked The Secret while wondering if wishful thinking could lead to a change in the White House.[10] Greg Beato, of Reason, reported: "...if you think really, really hard, say, about vigorously cavorting with Salma Hayek on a soft, fluffy bed of Google Series A preferred stock, you will emit a magnetic signal to the universe that will make your vision a reality."[42]

A parody in MAD magazine issue #480 mocked The Secret and its authors in a fake ad, which included the phrase "Buy your copy today! (Please don't use the teachings of The Secret to wish for a free copy of The Secret)"

The Today Show[48] with Matt Lauer interviewed James Arthur Ray and reported that Byrne had canceled her appearance at the last minute the day of the show, February 27, 2007. The March 25, 2007 edition of Nightline with Cynthia McFadden discussed the universal Law of Attraction and "The Secret" criticism by mainstream institutions with secret teacher Bob Proctor.[31][32]

Toward the end of season three, episode 5 ("Bill Sussman") of Weeds, U-Turn gives Nancy Botwin a DVD copy of The Secret, which she throws away.

Legal controversies[edit]

On April 2007 actor and Hollywood publicist Ricarte Rivera, founder of Dragon 8 PR received a letter from The Secret LLC attorneys. Mr. Rivera, who is the first public relations agent to receive a January 3, 2007 call from Harpo Productions about featuring The Secret, was accused of "effectively distributing" their copyrighted material to the public losing them millions of dollars. None of the parties has ever pursued legal action against each other.

The Australian Nine Network's A Current Affair—an Australian TV tabloid show—on 14 May 2007 segment titled, "The Secret Stoush", interviews Australian author Vanessa J. Bonnette. In the interview, Bonnette—when referring to the book version of The Secret—asserts, "that is my work and Rhonda Byrne has stolen it".[49] Bonnette and a reporter compare her book to Byrne's on the use of the "TV transmission" analogy. Bonnette's book, Empowered for the New Era (2003 Empowered For Life) was released in 2007 as a second edition. Bonnette, at her website, claims 100 instances of plagiarism.[50] Byrne's marketing company, TS Production LLC, has responded with a lawsuit to restrain Bonnette.[25] From the statement of claim:

Analogy between frequency transmissions, including a television station transmission via a frequency, and humans and human thought is used by many persons in the field of self-help and motivation.[25]

David Schirmer, the "investment guru"—and only Australian—in the film, has his business activities under investigation by the Australian Securities Investment Commission (ASIC). This was reported on 1 June 2007 by A Current Affair in a segment titled "The Secret Con"[51] with those words and The Secret logo appearing in the background behind the newscaster. The show initially confronted Schirmer in a segment titled "The Secret Exposed", aired on 28 May 2007, with complaints from people who say Schirmer owed them money.[52]

On February 12, 2008 Bob Proctor's company, LifeSuccess Productions, L.L.C. successfully sued "investment guru" David Schirmer, his wife Lorna, and their several companies (including LifeSuccess Pacific Rim PTY LTD, Schirmer Financial Management PTY LTD, LifeSuccess Productions PTY LTD, Excellence in Marketing PTY LTD, and Wealth By Choice PTY LTC) for "misleading or deceptive conduct".[53]

In August 2008, The Australian reported that Drew Heriot (director) and Dan Hollings (Internet consultant for The Secret) were in a legal dispute with Rhonda Byrne over pay from the project.[54]

Film footage featuring Esther Hicks was removed from the later "Extended Edition" of The Secret after film's creator Rhonda Byrne rescinded the original contract covering Hicks' participation.[55]

Releases[edit]

Paul Harrington, the producer for the film, reported that broadcast TV—instead of the Internet—was initially planned as the medium for the first release:

...we had as our vision to go out to the whole world in 24 hours on television. It was a grand vision, which we weren't able to pull off for various reasons. We were trying to force, to control the "how" of the universe, when what we were supposed to do was just focus on the vision...[29]

Release dates[edit]

The Secret premiere was broadcast through the Internet on March 23, 2006 using Vividas technology. It is still available either on a pay-per-view basis via streaming media (or on DVD at theSecret.tv, the official site for the film). A new extended edition of The Secret was released to the public on October 1, 2006. The Australian television premiere was on Nine Network on Saturday, February 3, 2007.[27]

Future releases and spin-offs[edit]

Plans have been announced to produce a sequel to The Secret and a spin-off TV series.[35][56]

See also[edit]

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