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Making a drama out of the crisis

The financial meltdown has inspired many films. Margin Call is one of the best yet

By John Kay   January 2012

Above: Zachary Quinto and Penn Badgley in Margin Call

Finance and economics do not take well to the screen. The BBC is often reduced to using the handy traffic island outside the Bank of England as a backdrop to report unchanged interest rates.

But the financial collapse of 2008 has provoked many attempts to make drama out of the crisis. Some are films of the even more numerous books. The best narrative of events, Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big to Fail has been dramatised by HBO, while Brad Pitt, who starred in and produced a movie of Michael Lewis’s Moneyball,…

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