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Greedy, villainous, grasping … Richard Gere's character in Arbitrage is a nasty piece of work. Which seems to draw us in

The rogue financier played by Richard Gere in Arbitrage is a pretty bad chap. All he cares about is amassing wealth and status, and, when things go wrong, saving his own skin. Yet although he plunders, deceives and betrays, the audience is invited to root for him. Such are his charisma and magnetism that the invitation proves irresistible. In this film, the villain is the hero. His daughter, its paragon of virtue, is a bit of an anaemic bore. His antagonist, a maverick detective, is more engaging than her, but to make him so, he too is given a sinful side: he himself is prepared to transgress in order to get his man.

Arbitrage's success in glamorising evil has attracted comment; but of course the film's achievement in »

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