Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room

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R | Documentary
  • Director: Alex Gibney
  • Cast: John Beard, Tim Belden, Barbara Boxer
  • Year: 2005


Editor's Notes: Corporate corruption is in the news and a major topic of discussion in this year's election; this Oscar-nominated documentary is a textbook study of fraud leading to profit -- and how the 'golden parachute' payments made to executives come with strings that can choke lower-paid workers out of their jobs, their retirement benefits and their life savings. Directed by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine), Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is a story of power, literally and figuratively, and how its abuse by the 1% affects our savings accounts and safety both.    Synopsis:Alex Gibney examines the rise and fall of an infamous corporate juggernaut. Based on the book by Fortune Magazine reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, the film explores the lengths to which the company went in order to appear incredibly profitable, and reveals how Lay, Skilling, and other execs managed to keep their riches, while thousands of lower-level employees saw their loyalty repaid with the loss of their jobs and their retirement funds.   Bonus Features: The Making of EnronKeywords: Enron scandal corrupt business practices insider trading business executives crime best-selling book american history

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