Comparative Analysis Of The Movie 'Inside Job, And The Big Short'

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The world witnessed a tremendous global recession that cost tens of trillions of dollars caused by US Financial Institutions. It is considered by many economists to have been the worst economic recession since the great depression that occurred in the 1930’s. In 2008, the US housing market collapsed enormously, resulting in a global financial crisis which caused millions of taxpayers, and financial institutions to go bankrupt. Moreover, several business outsiders made large sums of profit from the crisis. This is seen throughout the documentary film, Inside Job and nonfiction film The Big Short. In this comparative essay, two texts will analyse the similarities and differences in terms of its purpose, audience, conventions, context, ideas/perspective …show more content…
Similar cinematic techniques and stylistic features were used in both film texts to achieve these purposes. Director of Inside Job, Charles Ferguson, provides a comprehensive analysis and examination of the financial crisis, and the systematic corruption of the United States by the financial services industry. Ferguson uses a range of stylistic features and cinematic techniques to convey his message to the audience, as seen in the documentary. Primarily, the documentary exposes corrupt businessmen through interviews with a range of financial insiders in which the director, asks the utmost toughest questions towards them, who were fraudulent throughout the recession. The audience is given a direct insight on the portrayal of corrupt insiders who were involved in the recession. For example, Chief Economic Adviser and Partisan Advocate of Deregulation, Glenn Hubbard, was in rage after being confronted with extremely difficult questions by director Charles Ferguson. He questioned which financial firms he consulted for. Hubbard replies with (Charles Ferguson, 2010) (Charles Randolph (screenplay), 2015) I don’t believe I have to discuss this with you, you have a few more minutes and the interview is over”, as Ferguson persists on asking questions, Hubbard responds “you have three minutes, give it your best shot!”. (Inside Job, …show more content…
(Rose, Charlie. Personal Interview. 29 November. 2010.). Additionally, there were many other businessmen who were at standstill and reluctant to answer specific questions that would end up leading to corruption within the financial services. Ferguson also mentions in another interview that many financial insiders declined to be interviewed with the director himself. “So many people refused to go on camera. I tried almost everyone from the Obama administration, from the president on down, plus all the presidents and top executives of the banks. They all refused”, he said. (Kors,

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