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Plot: A look behind the scenes at Bernie Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme, how it was perpetrated on the public and the trail of destruction it left in its wake, both for the victims and Madoff’s family.
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Whatever you do, don’t steal from the very rich…
… is the lesson I took away from the Bernie Madoff story, even before I saw this film. Think about this – Bernie Madoff is serving 150 years, and his earliest release date is 2039. Charles Manson has been getting regular parole hearings since the 1990s. Who is more dangerous? A better question is who is more dangerous to the plutocracy.
The whole story is basically done in flashback after Madoff is incarcerated and is being interviewed by a reporter. This film takes the approach of assuming that the wife and sons knew nothing until Bernie told them right before he was arrested. If there is anything the Bernie Madoff story would teach you, it is “Don’t steal from the very rich”. The movie emphasized all of the little people who lost everything to the Ponzi scheme, but there were enough people with enough money left over – as in hundreds of millions – that they could hire attorneys and even claw back money from people who withdrew all of their money before Bernie went bust, even though they knew nothing of the scheme. Compare that to what happened to the banksters who swindled the entire nation – which was absolutely nothing, or Enron, where the Bush administration had to practically be shamed into prosecuting the executives who swindled investors. To date about 70% of the money Bernie Madoff swindled has been recovered, with “small” investors – those that invested less than a million – being made completely whole.
Anyways, back to “The Wizard”, which doesn’t mention any of this. DeNiro was terrific as a guy who decided to keep his swindling secret to himself – and one smarmy associate played by Hank Azaria. Michelle Pfeiffer as Ruth Madoff almost stole the show from DeNiro as a woman who can’t deal with being ostracized and hated for something she had nothing to do with. She wonders aloud how she got to be almost 70 and never learned to do anything for herself. De Niro’s Madoff is shown as being able to compartmentalize how he is stealing from investors, many of whom are family and friends, encouraging those at the end to put in huge amounts of money to keep the scheme afloat in the wake of the 2008 crash, which is ultimately what did him in, and somehow sees taking what is left of his ill gotten gains and distributing it to his family and “a few loyal employees” before he turns himself in as “noblesse oblige” not just more theft, which it was.
Hints to Madoff’s personality are in the little scenes. He is very stoic about being the world’s biggest and most brazen thief caught to date, but he does get animated about a dirty dish and the way lobster is served at a society dinner he is hosting.
There is one particularly odd scene for Turner Classic Movie fans. At one point, while Bernie is under house arrest, Bernie and his wife decide to commit suicide in “a nice way” using Ambien and a bunch of other pharmaceuticals they have around the house. It doesn’t work – they wake up the next morning. But as they lay in bed expecting to die, who pops up on the TV screen they are watching but the recently deceased Robert Osborne and TCM with him introducing Judy Garland singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. What an odd touch. I didn’t even think anybody at HBO even knew that TCM existed.
Poverty of Spirit
You always have the poor it has been said but it escapes many that this saying doesn’t include the poor in spirit as well. We are introduced to a man who lied, cheated & stole proving the point that it works. That’s not the problem. Its when you get caught that it all doesn’t make sense. Why? Because the light of reality is shined on it. The Truth visits with it and it cannot escape the test of righteousness. Haven’t you seen what all rich people do? Its all the same thing! Five star meals, exotic and elegant homes, cars & chauffeurs, parties galore, the best seats, spots and places, every jewel, diamond and ruby with gold trimmings, every whim & want satisfied and of course the biggest prize of all is saved for the end i.e. the common denominator they all share. A false life and identity. They do not know why they are here, what is required or where they are going. The conscience is dulled and everyone looks and acts alike too. If one applies reason, logic or even self-explanation as to why one should have extremely more than what they need, you also have to examine why we die and live for such a short period of time. The Pharoahs tried to take it with them with explanations of an after-life that required riches from here to live there? Today, the story is trust accounts, leaving it to my children and their children and because I can and its there for the taking. Tell me how one million or one billion dollars gives life? Virtue? Character? Inner value? Bernie Madoff represents the grouping and he was surrounded by his like kind that’s why it all works. The blind leading the blind but where? Most excellent warning to anyone who is hoarding, coming into their portion through willfulness, underhandedness or ill-gotten gain avenues. The only good explanation for excess is to be rid of it in such a way that someone receives a helping hand until they too can take a stand. One more thing…Every drug dealer, or anyone who breaks the laws of society and conscience does the same old thing. They want to be perceived as normal thus they live the life money can buy but their insides remain the same. Watch this movie and be glad for what you have or can have correctly and for the right reasons. The hell with everything else (literally)
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 13 min (133 min)
Genre Biography, Crime, Drama
Director Barry Levinson
Writer Sam Levinson (screenplay), John Burnham Schwartz (screenplay), Samuel Baum (screenplay), Diana Henriques (book), Laurie Sandell (book)
Actors Robert De Niro, Diana Henriques, Nathan Darrow, Alessandro Nivola
Awards Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 16 nominations.
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa
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