Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve | Chicago Reader

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve

Basically a big-screen PowerPoint presentation, this tedious documentary charts the history of the Federal Reserve, arguing that the institution has become too powerful in influencing U.S. economic policy. This lacks both the rhetorical and moral clarity of Charles Ferguson's Inside Job (the film's most obvious point of reference), and director Jim Bruce doesn't have the sort of storytelling prowess that might give shape to the mass of information. (Making matters worse, his visual style—rooted in stock footage and infographics—is altogether flat.) The narration, delivered by Liev Schreiber, is pitched to spectators who already possess some understanding of economics. It's nice to see a documentary that doesn't condescend to its audience, but this is pure inside baseball.



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