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The Flaw (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 3 June 2011 (UK)
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An examination of the causes of the economic crisis of 2008.

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David Sington
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Luan Andrew Luan ... Himself - Former Mortgage Bond Trader
Robert Shiller Robert Shiller ... Himself - Professor of Economics, Yale University
Louis Hyman Louis Hyman ... Himself - Economic Historian, Harvard University
George Cooper George Cooper ... Himself - Fund Manager, Blue Crest Capital
Robert Frank Robert Frank ... Himself - Professor of Economics, Cornell University
Nell Minow Nell Minow ... Herself - Corporate Watchdog, The Corporate Library
Joseph Stiglitz Joseph Stiglitz ... Himself - Nobel Prize for Economics, Columbia University
Dan Ariely Dan Ariely ... Himself - Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Duke University
Ed Andrews Ed Andrews ... Himself - Economics Correspondent, New York Times
Antoinette Coffi-Ahibo Antoinette Coffi-Ahibo ... Herself - Optician
Steve Nahas Steve Nahas ... Himself - Real Estate Investor
Robert Wade Robert Wade ... Himself - Professor of Political Economy, London School of Economics
Jim O'Neill Jim O'Neill ... Himself - Chief Economist, Goldman Sachs
Rose Alfano Rose Alfano ... Herself - Realtor
Lawrence Citarello Lawrence Citarello ... Himself - Real Estate Developer
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People all over the world are still struggling with the aftermath of the greatest financial crisis since the Wall Street Crash of 1929. We all know what the effects have been but what exactly were the causes? The Flaw ranges widely across the history of American capitalism in the twentieth century, its rigor laced with sardonic humor and peopled with a cast of characters that spans Nobel-prize winning economists and distressed home owners to the New York Times financial correspondent on the brink of foreclosure and the Wall Street banker who feels the pain encoded in his spreadsheets. The film argues that the roots of the crisis lie in the changing relationship between the rich and the rest in American society. Written by Anonymous

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Scant documentary that every person should watch once
21 January 2014 | by Steve SchreiberSee all my reviews

The Flaw delivers the story of the causes of the financial crisis and what may have caused it. There is bias in this documentary but it isn't as overt as most documentaries. The great thing and the reason why I believe that everyone should watch this movie is that this documentary delivers a the information of the financial crisis in a format that is easy to digest and gives great visual representation of everything that lead up to the collapse. The flaw of The Flaw is that there are some stories and story lines that are personal to one or two people instead of a whole audience. These stories, in my opinion, are David Sington's attempt to elicit an emotional connection and reaction to what happened with the financial collapse. This makes the documentary feel more personal and allows the viewer to feel more connected to the issues. That said, that is part of what I am not a huge fan of with these types of documentaries. I personally would have rather just had the information and the graphs and charts showing what happened without the personal stories so that the movie wouldn't feel so biased. This is a good documentary that is a scant 78 minutes, has good information and is easy to get through.


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