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The Emperor's New Clothes (2015)

Unrated | | Documentary | 16 December 2015 (USA)
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A look at the growing disparity between different economic classes.

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Russell Brand (made by), Michael Winterbottom (made by)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Russell Brand ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geraint Anderson Geraint Anderson ... Former Banker Dresdener Kleinwort (archive footage)
Brigitte Bardot ... Herself (archive footage)
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Brooks Richard Brooks ... Former HMRC Tax Inspector / Private Eye Jounalist (archive footage)
Warren Buffett ... CEO Berkshire Hathaway (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Former President, USA (archive footage)
David Cameron ... Prime Minister, UK (archive footage)
John Christensen John Christensen ... Economist / Tax Justice Network (archive footage)
Andrew Craig Andrew Craig ... Former Banker UBS (archive footage)
Reece Davis-James Reece Davis-James ... Looter / Former Convict (archive footage)
Bill de Blasio ... Mayor of New York, USA (archive footage)
David DeGraw David DeGraw ... Occupy Activist (archive footage)
Bob Diamond Bob Diamond ... CEO Barclays Bank (archive footage)
Bernie Ecclestone Bernie Ecclestone ... Chief Executive Formule One (archive footage)
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A look at the growing disparity between different economic classes.

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English

Release Date:

16 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Revolution Films See more »
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An Efficient Michel Winterbottom Documentary

Labelled as a film regarding the growing disparity between economic classes, Michael Winterbottom's The Emperor's New Clothes is an effective documentary balancing political and economic investigation with Russell Brand's palpably galvanic and marmite personality.

The film combines interviews with Brand himself, along with politicians and bankers. Brand begins by summating that much of what will be explored in the documentary won't be instantaneously enlightening, a far stretch from the explosively impactful manner as last year's masterful Citizen Four. Despite this, where I do believe the film achieves success is in its exposing of issues and its raising of awareness towards certain issues. As aforementioned, much of Brand's insight is foreseeable to those of a certain age. However; the teenage and young adult audience, much of what is explored could be thought-provoking, and is presented in a straightforward and confronting style which appears purposeful yet remains focused throughout. This, taken in combination with Brand's personality, does make what initially appears challenging subjective matter abundantly more digestible.

What is problematic is that the film at times felt like a flaccid attempt of a brief Russell Brand biopic. For the majority of the film Brand's presence is handled adeptly, yet I find at times the focus on his unabashed comedic set pieces (pleading at the top of his voice to bystanders to give up corrupt bankers and his Michael Moore-ish attempt of breaking and entering a bank) turned the focus from suggested gargantuan corruptness into a love letter to Brand's eccentricity. For fans of Brand, it's nothing particularly abhorrent, but for those on the other side of the fence, this shift will do little to convince them to change their tune.


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