Inside Job (Sous-titres français)
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As he did with the occupation of Iraq in No End in Sight, Charles Ferguson shines a light on the global financial crisis in Inside Job. Accompanied by narration from Matt Damon, Ferguson begins and ends in Iceland, a flourishing country that gave American-style banking a try--and paid the price. Then he looks at the spectacular rise and cataclysmic fall of deregulation in the United States. Unlike Alex Gibney's fiscal films, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Casino Jack, Ferguson builds his narrative around dozens of players, interviewing authors, bank managers, government ministers, and even a psychotherapist, who speaks to a culture that encourages Gordon Gekko-like behavior, but the number of those who declined to comment, like Alan Greenspan, is even larger. Though the director isn't as combative as Michael Moore, he asks tough questions and elicits squirms from several participants, notably former Treasury secretary David McCormick and Columbia dean Glenn Hubbard, George W. Bush's economic adviser. Their reactions are understandable, since the borders between Wall Street, Washington, and the Ivy League dissolved years ago; it's hard to know who to trust when conflicts of interest run rampant. If Ferguson takes Reagan and Bush to task for tax cuts that benefit the wealthy, he criticizes Clinton for encouraging derivatives and Obama for failing to deliver on the promise of reform. And in the category of unlikely heroes: former governor Eliot Spitzer, who fought against fraud as New York's attorney general (he's the subject of Gibney's documentary Client 9). --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Winner of the Academy Award for best feature documentary of 2010, "Inside Job" opens with a brief expose of how Iceland was an early victim of the hype and and misunderstood potential of derivatives trading. It was a neat little teaser of a story (which has the potential of being a feature length documentary on it's own), that leads into the main target in Ferguson's scope: Wall Street bankers and their lust for profit.
Interviews with former employees of some of the institutional culprits are very enlightening. After particularly bombastic revelations in the film are made concerning some big players in the industry, a black screen with white type is displayed saying "Goldman Sachs" or "Alan Greenspan" or "The SEC" was "unavailable for comment for this film". The list of players who turned a blind eye in the interest of exorbitant personal gain is a known fact, but to hear their colleagues and the likes of George Soros interviewed giving the gritty details is a nice reinforcement.
A lot of great journalism has been produced surrounding the events addressed during the encapsulating footage of "Inside Job".Read more ›
Matt Damon does an excellent job. The complexity of the derivatives market, particularly the CDO's, is spelled out nicely in layman's terms for the average viewer. Although, as with any documentary, you need to pay close attention. I've watched it a few times now, I highly recommended this as one of the best documentaries I've ever seen.
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This movie really helps explain how it all began, and the reluctance and intimidation not to put an end to it. Another companion movie would be The Big Short. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Johnny Rocker
Very important information showing problems with powerful financial people who are ideologues rather than caring, thinking and analysing situations. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Esther Klein Ottawa
The tragedy of the economic collapse of 2008 - 2009 acted out; left me kind of upset that the major players responsible for the collapse, are still in play, hardly affected by... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rikard de Caterick
Well documented remainder about the 2008 economic crisis and the connivance between the financial , political and academic establishments.Published 10 months ago by Raul
This documentary is well organized, instructive and entertaining. The film includes a historical background, an explanation of the financial mechanisms, a detailed examination of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Steve G
Wow, confusing! I can't help wondering who's left to trust, including the film makers. Definitely worth a second look, if not three or four. Read morePublished 13 months ago by kev