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Rick (2003)

100m; U.S.

Director: Curtiss Clayton

Cast:  Bill Pullman, Aaron Stanford and Agnes Bruckner

Synopsis (IMDB): “Rigoletto” retold at Christmas time in Manhattan’s corporate world. Rick, an executive at Image, is a jerk to a woman applying for a job. That evening, he’s out for drinks with his much younger boss, Duke, and the same women is their waitress. Rick’s continued rudeness leads to her getting fired. She puts a curse on him. A potential rift with Duke quickly surfaces; Rick is approached by the hail-fellow Buck, who runs His Own Company, offering to rid Rick of Duke. At dinner later that night, Rick and Duke’s paths cross again; this time Rick is with his stunning and beloved daughter, Eve, a student who has a secret relationship with Duke. All paths lead to the office holiday party.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Comedy, Drama, Finance, White Collar

 

The Rise of Big Business (1969)

27m; U.S.

Director: Encyclopedia Brittanica Educational Corporation

Synopsis: A portrait of the rise of industrial tycoons proposes that, after the Civil War, a combination of economic conditions and the efforts of various individuals produced the large business organizations. Shows the impact of the new economic structure on the lives of workers.

 

Let’s Make MONEY (2008)

110m; Austria

Director: Erwin Wagenhofer

Synopsis: “Follow the money” is a mantra in both crime and business, perhaps coincidentally and perhaps not. For director Erwin Wagenhofer, whose 2005 documentary sensation WE FEED THE WORLD traced the global path of food from raw materiel to table, it was perhaps inevitable that his follow-up would be the visual tone poem to commerce, LET’S MAKE MONEY. From Indian slums to Hong Kong boardrooms, the Spanish real estate bubble to the World Bank, Wagenhofer is there to juxtapose captains of industry-“there’s a famous saying that the best time to buy is when there’s blood on the streets,” says one-with those actual streets, where laborers work in primitive conditions and billboards offer goods and services they can’t possibly afford.

 
 

Mad Money (2008)

104m; U.S.

Director: Callie Khouri

Cast: Diane KeatonQueen Latifah and Katie Holmes

Synopsis: Three female employees of the Federal Reserve plot to steal money that is about to be destroyed.

 

No Contract, No Cookies: The Stella D’Oro Strike (2010)

39m; U.S.

Director: Jon Alpert, Matthew O’Neill

Synopsis (IMDB): Follows the struggle of 138 mostly immigrant workers who strike to save their jobs at a famous bakery in the Bronx when a private equity firm buys the bakery and demands wage cuts of up to 30%.

Contact: http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/no-contract-no-cookies-the-stella-doro-strike/index.html#/documentaries/no-contract-no-cookies-the-stella-doro-strike/synopsis.html

 

Northern Lights (1978)

95m; U.S.

Director: John Hanson, Rob Nilsson

Cast: Robert Behling, Susan Lynch and Joe Spano

Synopsis: Northern Lights tells the story of North Dakota farmers who rebel against the economic tyranny of the railroads, grain dealers, and bankers by working for the election of Nonpartisan League candidates in 1916. (from http://jetson.unl.edu/cocoon/encyclopedia/doc/egp.fil.051)

 

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Other People’s Money (1991)

103m; U.S.

Director: Norman Jewison

Cast: Danny DeVito, Gregory Peck and Penelope Ann Miller

Synopsis: A corporate raider threatens a hostile take-over of a “mom and pop” company. The patriarch of the company enlists the help of his wife’s daughter, who is a lawyer, to try and protect the company. The raider is enamoured of her, and enjoys the thrust and parry of legal manoeuvring as he tries to win her heart.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Comedy, Finance, Romance, White Collar

 

Plunder: The Crime of our Time (2009)

100m; U.S.

Director: Danny Schechter

Synopsis: A hard-hitting investigative film that explores how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity uncovering the connection between the collapse of the housing market and the economic catastrophe that followed.

Contact: http://plunderthecrimeofourtime.com/contact.htm

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Documentary, Finance

 

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Capitalism Hits The Fan; Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown (2008)

57m; U.S.

Director:

Synopsis: Renowned University of Massachusetts Economics Professor Richard Wolff breaks down the root causes of today’s economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects seismic failures within the structures of American-style capitalism itself.

Contact: http://www.capitalismhitsthefan.com/

 
 

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

127m; U.S.

Director: Michael Moore

Synopsis: On the 20-year anniversary of his groundbreaking masterpiece “Roger & Me,” Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” comes home to the issue he’s been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans. But this time the culprit is much bigger than General Motors, and the crime scene is far wider than Flint, Michigan.