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by J.D. Lafrance

“The most valuable commodity I know is information.” – Gordon Gekko

These words, said in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street (1987), are more relevant now than they were back then, especially in this increasingly digital age where information is power. Just ask Mark Zuckerberg or Julian Assange or Edward Snowden. Back when Wall Street came out it was about stock trading and getting inside information that could potentially make one a lot of money. Stone’s film examines the nature of acquiring sensitive information and then how it is used albeit filtered through a coming-of-age story.

When he made Wall Street, the filmmaker was riding high from the commercial and critical success of Platoon (1986). His father, Lou Stone, had been a stockbroker on Wall Street in New York City and this film was a son’s way of paying tribute to his father. More than thirty years later, it is one of the quintessential snapshots of the financial scene in the United States, epitomizing the essence of capitalism, greed, and materialism that was so prevalent in the 1980s and is prevalent again.

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