Feb 27, 2008

Wall Street

Oliver Stone loves communism, money, and agitating. All three things seem to go together hand in hand (revolutions cost money and Wall Street bankers have always funded them). Stone’s father was a stockbroker on wall street and that’s what influenced him to direct the film Wall Street. The film illustrates a realistic look at the international free market and the goons that are parasites of it. Wall Street is based on the real life insider trading criminal Ivan Boesky (in the film he is named Gordon Gekko).

Gordon Gekko is a monetary obsessed sociopath bent on acquiring as much as possible. He is a quick talker and constantly conspiring. He loves to leave the working man jobless as he collects a couple extra dollars for his efforts. Gekko hasn’t done a days work in his entire life. He is more interesting in living off others by buying and selling. Gekko sums up his outlook on life with the following quote: "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms, greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind."

I honestly believe that Oliver Stone has a deep and passionate respect for Gordon Gekko. Stone hides his true respect by making the films protagonist Bud Fox a “good” guy at the end of Wall Street. Mr. Stone doesn’t want to incriminate himself too much. Oliver Stone is a firm believer in GREED IS GOOD!

Gordon Gekko shows his hatred for white Europeans with the following quote: That's the thing about WASPs, they love animals, can't stand people." I respect his honesty. Oliver Stone is also a hater of Western civilization. Stone and his surly heroes are about as deranged as scumbag Abbie Hoffman at his hippie propagandist peak. It is a shame that Stone didn’t direct the shitfest Steal This Movie.

Wall Street is one of Stone’s best films. He allows the masses to get at peak at their money masters. Wall Street would have made a great Nazi propaganda film if it had only been made 50 years before. Emil Jannings could have played Gordon Gekko. Janning’s performance in F.W. Murnau’s German expressionist masterpiece The Last Laugh confirms this.

Oliver Stone could be considered an auteur of sorts. He has his own over stylized style and signature traits (lying about history, cocaine induced editing, etc). Apparently Stone likes to get stoned as his arrest history shows. Maybe he’ll direct a film on the Sassoon family and their opium wars. I am sure he idolizes them too.

-Ty E

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