The Flaw 2011 NR CC

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THE FLAW takes an in-depth look at how the credit bubble hastened the economic crash that afflicted the world in the first decade of the 21st century.

Nell Minow
1 hour, 22 minutes

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The Flaw

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Genres Documentary
Director David Sington
Starring Nell Minow
Supporting actors Robert Shiller, Joseph Stiglitz, Robert Wade
Studio Beak Street Films Limited
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Hated this program after only 10 minutes.
It pointed out the problems with inequality in wealth and why it happened, absolutly makes you think about how people make money.
Ken Avellino
Showed the documentary in my strategy class and the real life examples made the crisis very relatable for many students.
Dr. G

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Format: DVD
I've seen so many documentaries and news programs about the current financial crisis and the collapse of our economy that I'm starting to feel like an expert and analyst. With all the coverage available, it is becoming increasingly difficult to put a new spin on things or offer up content that feels fresh. David Sington's "The Flaw" takes these familiar concepts and weaves an interesting look at the history that preceded that fateful event. I'm wary to call a serious documentary entertaining, but Sington does a nice job putting together an economic portrait that combines facts, trends, and personal accounts in a way that will really engage even the casual viewer. Let's be honest, there is only so much that can be covered efficiently in an 82 minute film. If anything, the movie attempts too many angles to go into much depth. But what it does provide is a lively look at how capitalism has changed within the last thirty years (compared to the rest of our history) and how our entire consumer structure was based on a fallacy. And once things went south, they did so at an alarming rate!

"The Flaw" provides the usual financial sources, of course, giving commentary about the events that led to the collapse. But in addition to stock interviews, the film utilizes other visual elements quite effectively. Graphs are employed to show historical trends (this was perhaps my favorite tool) and archival TV footage and animation add punch to the presentation. We also spend time with personal stories, most notably a former Wall Street Bond Trader now giving guided street tours to those visiting the financial district of New York. Another major component to the film is footage of Alan Greenspan as he testified before Congress in 2008.
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I came to this film a bit later than others and you'll see some more detailed reviews here, including one by my fellow reviewer K. Harris. But I wanted to add some info not previously provided by other reviewers.

This moderately short (81 minute) documentary on the "recent financial crisis" was the idea of the three Executive Producers who (we learn from the director) had lots of money but no Director. (Guess they were part of the "haves" who survived the monetary meltdown. They found British Director David Sington, who knew little about banking but specialized in science documentaries, to direct the film. Sington tells a lot in the 48-minute Q&A session which appears as a "bonus feature" (and he's almost as entertaining as his film).

The film was released in 2010 and is now on DVD from Docurama - a DVD label I have always admired for giving exposure to small documentary films that fly "under the radar.).

You don't need to know much about banking, mortgages or real estate to enjoy this film. (After all, the Director didn't.). There are lots of quick edits to keep things going and a nice original score. Older folks will enjoy the clips taken from 1950s educational films on finance that Sington inserts.

If nothing else, you will learn - after watching the film - the difference between buying an "asset" (something people buy more of when the price goes up - like real estate and stock) and "goods" (like gasoline or coffee, where people stop buying when the price increases). That one lesson is worth the two hours (including the Q&A) on this DVD.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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38 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Enigma on July 23, 2013
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This film is bad, really bad. If you were an alien transported to this planet today and were told that there was an economic crash in 2008 and then you watched this film which claim to answer "What exactly caused the world s greatest economy to crash and burn?" You still would have not a clue.

Let me give you come terms that HAVE to be in any film that wants to know why the economy crashed but were NEVER mentioned in this one.

Derivatives - That is the general disease that the patient had (cancer).
CDS (Credit Default Swaps) - That is the specific type of cancer cell the patient had
FIRREA (Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act) - That is what implanted the cancer cells into the patient undetected
CFMA (Commodity Futures Modernization Act) - The is what let the cancer grow undetected
BISTRO (Broad Index Synthetic Trust Offering) - This allowed the cancer to metastasize at a furious rate.

These are the five keys that are crucial to understand WHAT happened but this film doesn't mention a single one, nada, zip, zilch.

Let me blunt, if you think that the world's economy nearly faltered just because a relatively small amount of people didn't pay their mortgages you have been sadly misled and films like these are leading the way in misleading people. The fact is we paid more in tarp funds than all of the fore-closed and late paying assets were worth and then some.

Here is some math, The US government could come in pay for ALL of the troubled mortgages at a cost of 2.5 billion per month, currently we have paid over 2.4 TRILLION to stabilize the economy without touching the troubled mortgages. They could have paid off every single mortgage for about 1.5 Trillion in one lump sum.
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