Charles Ferguson's Oscar Speech Rips Wall Street: 'Inside Job' Director Levels Criticism During Acceptance
02/28/11 11:54 AM
"Inside Job" won the 2011 Academy Award for best documentary on Sunday night. The film's director used his acceptance speech to deliver pointed criticism of Wall Street and the financial industry. moreOnce again, the most interesting movie to win an Oscar sunday night was a documentary. As someone who promotes non-fiction video at every opportunity, the rise of the documentary is a welcome alternative to the utter tedium of the movies that have but a passing nod at any reality any of us could ever experience. It is not that I have religious objections to fiction--it is just that I want my storytelling to be believable.
While a good documentary should have professional-level photography, sound capture, and editing so as not to distract from the idea that the videographer is trying to convey, these elements have become essentially commoditized. One of the reasons we seem to have entered the golden age of documentaries is that the cost of making one has become almost trivial. With the playing field leveled, the great docs are distinguished by superior content.
And so it was with Inside Job--the most recent documentary to win an Oscar. In roughly two hours, the financial meltdown of 2008 is essentially explained in a way even the thickest of us can understand. Doc maker Charles Ferguson is so thorough, he even covers the roles played by the academic economists, those frauds who manage to transmute their uber-nerd understanding of the world into policy positions that have triggered economic calamities.
Inside Job has been on my radar for some time. In fact, it or Ferguson have appeared six times on this blog since last July.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Director Charles Ferguson on his smash Cannes doc, which indicts the financial sector as a "criminal industry"
Saturday, October 9, 2010
By Charles Ferguson October 3, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
The economic crisis was an 'inside job' by Kathleen Parker
Monday, October 18, 2010
Conflicts of Interest and the Financial Crisis: It’s Also the Economics Profession, Stupid!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Includes a video link to an interview of Ferguson
Saturday, December 4, 2010
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