Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

  • USA
  • 113
  • STC
  • Alex Gibney

Many have equated the experience of watching the fall of Enron - one of history’s greatest business scandals - unfold to witnessing a car wreck: its horrifying, even grotesque, but a human tragedy from which you just cant look away. Alex Gibneys latest film captures the spirit of this sentiment with a detailed and exhaustive account of how a handful of top executives at the seventh-largest US corporation saw their company on the verge of collapse and walked away with over a billion dollars while their investors and employees lost everything. Based on the best-selling book The Smartest Guys in the Room, by Fortune reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, Gibneys film features insider accounts and incendiary corporate audio and videotapes, revealing the almost unimaginable personal excesses of the Enron hierarchy and the utter moral vacuum that posed as corporate philosophy. The film comes to a harrowing dénouement as we hear Enron traders’ own voices as they wring hundreds of millions of dollars in profits out of the California energy crisis. As a result, we come to understand how the avarice of the Enron players had a shocking and profound domino effect that may shape the US economy for years to come. Shannon Abel.

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