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Cr√≠tica de cine: “B” B√°rcenas, la pel√≠cula

Algo huele a podrido en el gobierno

Pocas veces se ha dedicado una pel√≠cula a un tesorero. Normalmente la contabilidad no se considera una profesi√≥n trepidante digna de inmortalizar en el celuloide (o digitalmente, como se estila m√°s hoy en d√≠a). Pero el se√Īor B√°rcenas es un show en s√≠ mismo, una caja de pandora hecha hombre.

“B” es una pel√≠cula sobre el archifamoso tesorero del Partido Popular, Jos√© Luis B√°rcenas y, m√°s concretamente, una reconstrucci√≥n muy fiel de su declaraci√≥n ante el juez Ruz del d√≠a 15 de julio de 2013.

Jordi Casanovas escribió una formidable función teatral con el texto transcrito de dicho interrogatorio. La exitosa obra se titula Ruz-Bárcenas, la produce el Teatro del Barrio, una cooperativa cultural de Lavapiés, Madrid, y está dirigida por Alberto San Juan.

“B” ¬ŅLa verdad no cambia nada?

“B” es¬†una pel√≠cula de bajo presupuesto, financiada en gran medida gracias a la plataforma Verkami, ¬†y aunque es cierto que el hecho de que la acci√≥n transcurra √≠ntegramente en el juzgado puede cansar en momentos puntuales al espectador, hay que decir una cosa: las interpretaciones de Pedro Casablanc (B√°rcenas) y Manolo Solo (Juez Ruz) son tan perfectas, encarnan¬†tan magistralmente¬†a los protagonistas que a menudo te da la sensaci√≥n de estar ante los personajes reales. Por otro lado, la gravedad de lo que se revela, es tan tremenda, que, ya sea por indignaci√≥n, ya sea por sorpresa, el espectador no puede evitar reengancharse al interrogatorio.

La triste verdad es que uno se queda estupefacto al constatar hasta qué punto de pudredumbre puede llegar un gobierno; parece que escuchar cosas como estas:

Juez Ruz¬ŅA qui√©n se los entreg√≥ usted?
B√°rcenas25.000‚ā¨ a Mariano Rajoy y 25.000 a Mar√≠a Dolores de Cospedal.

… sea el pan de cada d√≠a. En la pel√≠cula se revelan muchos secretos, muchos tejemanejes que involucran a las m√°s altas instancias del gobierno con la famosa contabilidad B. Cuando la codicia y la corrupci√≥n se infiltran en las arterias del poder, los ciudadanos se convierten en un mero instrumento que hay que desinformar y distraer para perpetuarse en el trono. Pel√≠cula recomendable para todo ciudadano que quiera conocer¬†lo que realmente est√° pasando.

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The Great European Disaster BBC film

Will Europe descend into the apocalyptic future presented at the beginning of the film?

The Great European Disaster is a BBC fictional film that explores the hypothetical crisis facing the Europen Union. Directed by the Italian journalist and film-maker Annalisa Piras and the former director of The Economist Bill Emmot, the film doesn’t make a case against the EU, but it warns us¬†about the risks and challenges that are threatening the countries and citizens of the Union.

The action takes place in the near future, when the archeologist Charles Granda explains to an eight years old girl the factors that  led to the collapse of the European Union, such as social inequalty, tax evasion, debt, deflation, xenophobia, austerity, the immense power of the status quo or identity challenges across the continent.

Following six different European individuals and their stories, the director shows the immense positives of a Union that has prevented major wars since the end of the Second World War, but also highlights that it is an organisation in need of major reform.



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Best movies about Economy and Finance

Best movies about economy and finance

Economy and finance  have all been depicted on the silver screen several times, and  I’ve done my best to identify the best movies about such issues.

Here¬†is a collection of some of the best movies about economy and finance. They are also a way¬†to bring complicated economic and business information to the general public. Please don’t hesitate to comment on any movie and tell your preferences. You can get¬†more information about the movies by clicking on them.

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Trading places (1983) They’re not just getting rich… They’re getting even

Director: John Landis  Writers: Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy

Trading Places is one of the ¬†funniest movies about the financial world ever made.¬†Yet it’s precisely because it’s an Aykroyd comedy that the whole plot is sometimes senseless. Anyway, if you want to have a good time and don’t analyze too much, it’s a good choice to spend a sunday afternoon.

Assault on Wall Street

Assault on Wall Street (2013) Power. Greed. Justice.

Director: Uwe Boll Writer: Uwe Boll Stars: Dominic Purcell, Erin Karpluk, Edward Furlong

Some say the recent financial crisis proves that the world needs a new financial system, because this one is generating too much  poverty, social inequality, and despair. This is the case of a security guard for an armored truck, Jim (Dominic Purcell), who will give vent to his hatred against Wall Street speculators and a system that has ruined his life.

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With other people’s money (1991) Meet Larry the liquidator. Arrogant. Greedy. Self-centered. Ruthless. You gotta love the guy.

Director: Norman Jewison Writers: Jerry Sterner (play), Alvin Sargent (screenplay) Stars: Danny DeVito, Gregory Peck, Penelope Ann Mille

With other people’s money was ¬†based on the play¬†of the same name by Jerry Sterner.¬†Lawrence¬†Garfield, known as “Larry the Liquidator” ¬†(Danny DeVito) is a prosperous¬†corporate raider who has become wealthy¬†buying up companies and selling off their assets. With the help of a computerized stock analyzing program, Garfield has spotted New England Wire & Cable as his next target. The struggling company is run by the benevolent and homey¬†Andrew “Jorgy” Jorgenson (Gregory Peck) who¬†is the primary employer in its small¬†Rhode Island town.

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ŌĬ†(1998) One of the decade’s true originals¬†

Director: Darren Aronofsky Writers: Darren Aronofsky, Darren Aronofsky (story) Stars: Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman

Pi is an acclaimed “schizophrenic” thriller that has become a cult film over the years. It tackles issues such as¬†maths, finance, God, nature… in a very original way. A brilliant mathematician teeters on the brink of insanity as he searches for an elusive numerical code that explains almost everything. ¬†Soon he will draw the attention of dark characters who represent even darker interests.



Rogue trader (1999) He’ll risk everything to beat the system!

Director: James Dearden Writers: James Dearden, Nick Leeson  Stars: Ewan McGregor, Anna Friel, Yves Beneyton

It is a¬†riveting true story about how greed, excess and high-stakes gambling brought down one of Britain’s oldest and most successful financial institutions. When futures trader Nick Leeson (Ewan¬†McGregor) is sent to Singapore by the 200-year-old Barings Bank, he dreams of making a killing in the stock market. Nick’s firm believes he is the most successful trader they’ve ever employed…but he secretly begins to divert¬†vast amounts of their money to cover his risky financial wagering. With enough debt to match his desperation, Nick risks everything in a frantic bid to beat the system and win back the money.

The wolf of Wall Street (2014) The great American picture of today!

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Director: Martin Scorsese Writers: Terence Winter, Jordan Belfort Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie |

Movie based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. In 1987, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) takes an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm. By the early 1990s, while still in his 20s, Belfort founds his own firm, Stratton Oakmont. Together with his trusted lieutenant (Jonah Hill) and a particular band of brokers, Belfort makes a big fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. However, while Belfort and his colleagues enjoy a hedonistic brew of sex, drugs and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his kingdom of excess.


Too big to fail

Too big to fail (2011)

Director: Curtis Hanson Writers: Peter Gould, Andrew Ross Sorkin Stars: James Woods, John Heard, William Hurt

Too Big to Fail is a U.S. television drama film first broadcast on HBO on May 23, 2011 based on Andrew Ross Sorkin’s non-fiction book Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System‚ÄĒand Themselves (2009). The film was directed by Curtis Hanson. It received 11 nominations at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards; Paul Giamatti’s portrayal of Ben Bernanke earned him the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie at the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards. Read more…


Wall Street (1987)

Director: Oliver Stone Writers: Stanley Weiser, Oliver Stone Stars: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Tamara Tunie

“Greed is good” has gone down in cinema history as one of the most famous and ominous quotes. On the Wall Street of the 1980s, Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is an ambitious and impatient stockbroker, willing¬†to make his way to the top. Admiring the power of the unmerciful corporate raider Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), Fox suduces¬†Gekko into mentoring him by providing insider trading. As Fox becomes embroiled in greed and underhanded schemes, his decisions eventually threaten the livelihood of his honest ¬†father (Martin Sheen). Faced with this dilemma, Fox starts¬†quostioning Gekko’s coaching.

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Boiler Room (2000) It’s “Wall Street” for the new millennium

Director: Ben Younger Writer: Ben Younger Stars: Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long

A college dropout gets a job as a broker for a suburban investment firm, which puts him on the fast track to success, but the job might not be as legitimate as it sounds.

Margin call (2011) Be first. Be smarter. Be cheat.

Director: J.C. Chandor Writer: J.C. Chandor Stars: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey


Once Sullivan analyzes the data, he realizes the universal gravity of Dale’s warning – that the firm is so over-committed to underwater mortgage-backed securities that the total potential loss exceeds the firm’s total market capitalization value. In other words, the projected scenario means the firm will soon owe a lot more than it’s worth, and the market will be on the verge of an apocalyptic meltdown. What happens after this discovery is a series of sharply intense clandestine confrontations with each level of higher-ups recognizing the ramifications of the inevitable disaster, each one far more nuanced in character than we are used to seeing in films from Oliver Stone about greed and immorality. Blessedly, Chandor doesn’t stoop to the customary stereotypes in this corporate cage match, but what he does manage is capture the moral compass underneath each player by way of a cast that really delivers the goods with powerfully implosive performances. Read more.

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Concursante / Contestant (2007)

Director: Rodrigo Cortés Writer: Rodrigo Cortés Stars: Leonardo Sbaraglia, Chete Lera, Miryam Gallego

SYNOPSIS: Martin is an average¬†guy with an average job and a long standing girlfriend, but his life is turned upside down when he wins a quiz show and prizes in abundance that value almost 4 million dollars. However, the tax authorities expect to receive half the value of the prizes at the end of the financial year. Since all of the prizes are not in hard cash he starts a mad cap race to free himself from the sudden financial burden. But his life becomes a roller-coaster ride when his girlfriend starts spending the cash value of the prizes at the same rate he is frantically trying to sell them. …The Contestant ( Concursante

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Le capital (2012) Director: Costa-Gavras Writers: Karim Boukercha, Costa-Gavras (screenplay) Stars: Gad Elmaleh, Gabriel Byrne, Liya Kebede

SYNOPSIS: The film describes an executive who becomes the CEO of a large bank, only to upset the bank’s board of directors when he begins to take unilateral control in the bank, laying off many of the employees and making a corrupt deal with the head of an American hedge fund. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: San Sebastian International Film Festival, …Capital ( Le capital )


The Big Short (2015)

In 2005, eccentric hedge fund manager Michael Burry (Christian Bale) discovers that the United States housing market based in subprime loans, is extremely precarious. Eventually he comes up with a shoking idea that will make him -and his investors- rich.

This drama, based on the book The big short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.

Money Monster (2016)

Lee Gates, a TV personality who advises his audience on trading and Wall Street is forcefully interrogated by  a grief-stricken bankrupt viewer who lost his money after a previous tip


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El lobo de Wall Street crítica


Se ha estrenado en Espa√Īa el Lobo de Wall Street (The Wolf of Wall Street).¬†Dirigida por Martin Scorsese y protagonizada por Leonardo di Caprio, Jonah Hill y Margot Robbie, entre otros. Est√° basada en la autobiograf√≠a de Jordan Belfort y abarca desde su ascenso a acaudalado corredor de bolsa de Nueva York a su contundente ca√≠da, cuando se ve implicado en el crimen, el blanqueo de dinero y la corrupci√≥n.

Di Caprio interpreta al protagonista, ¬†Jordan Belfort, y Jonah Hill a su socio en¬†Stratton Oakmont, Kenny Greene.¬†El film, como la vida misma de Jordan Belfort es delirante, obsceno (prostituci√≥n, drogas, corrupci√≥n, pocos escr√ļpulos financieros y comerciales)… y corre el riesgo de mitificar a un personaje que, al fin y al cabo, se enriqueci√≥ vendiendo acciones de dudosa calidad a peque√Īos inversores incautos y, probablemente, sin los suficientes conocimientos financieros.¬†Por el contrario el √≠ntegro agente federal interpretado por Kyle Chandler, representante de la SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), que es, a mi modo de ver, el aut√©ntico h√©roe, queda relegado a un segundo o tercer plano.

De todos modos, si se ve la película con espíritu crítico, hay que decir que no deja margen al aburrimiento, que el tándem Scorsese-di Caprio vuelve a funcionar y que Jonah Hill, que interpreta al socio Kenny Greene, está enorme, simplemente genial en su interpretación (a mi modo de ver, lo mejor de la película).

Le pongo un 4 sobre 5.

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