Wall Street Essay

Topics: Oliver Stone, Wall Street, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Pages: 2 (838 words) Published: May 2, 2013
How is the audience positioned to see Gordon Gekko in ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps?’ The film ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ follows the story of Jacob Moore, his partner Winnie Gekko, and her estranged father Gordon Gekko. Director Oliver Stone uses not only characterisation but also film techniques and symbolism to position the audience to see a certain character. The film is set in New York in the year 2008 and is set out so it will connect with the audience of today. The storyline of the film is based around Gordon Gekko, his family and his criminal history. Gekko is a stock broker who had previously been sent to prison for eight years after being accused of securities fraud and insider trading. Seven years later he releases a book called ‘Is Greed Good?’, and after meeting Jacob tries to mend his broken relationship with his daughter. Oliver Stone portrays Gordon Gekko as a powerful character and this is seen in many different scenes in the movie such as when Gordon is giving a lecture to a group of university students. He starts the lecture by saying “Well, you’re pretty much all f**ked” (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, 2010) and uses very direct speech along with open and very confident body language. He is very direct and clear when telling the group of students that they are “Part of the NINJA generation. No income. No jobs. No assets.”(Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, 2010). His power and almost over-confidence is shown at the end of the lecture when he offers the students a solution to their current financial struggle by saying “Now we have to fight back. I’ll tell you how to fight back in three words: Buy. My. Book.” (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, 2010). Stone positions the audience, along with the students attending the lecture, to see Gordon Gekko as a very powerful and influential figure in the modern society. Over the course of the film Gordon Gekko is shown to be a manipulative and very deceiving character. There are scenes where Jacob...
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