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10 Films any economy student should watch
Posted by: Vesna Ivkovic in: Thoughts

1. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

A Beautiful Mind is, simply put, a fantastic film. That is the reason why it is the first on this list, and I personally have watched it three times. The film was inspired by a true story. It is a biographical drama about the Nobel Prize winner John Nash. The plot takes place at the ordinary course, but in one moment, there is a twist point where the imagined and the real world of John Nash start to intervene. The life becomes more difficult when Nash finds out that he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and struggles to overcome it. His wife helps him in that, and with her help he managed to stop taking the medicine and to keep his condition under control. Step-by-step he goes back to his teaching at the Princeton University and wins the Nobel Prize in economics for so-called "Nash Equilibrium" in 1994. Russell Crowe brilliantly portrayed this role. In my personal opinion, this film is one of the biggest films since it sends a powerful and sensitive message to people. In this film you will find everything, starting from biography, mystery, thriller, drama, romance, comedy and everything else that makes one film distinctly beautiful. I strongly recommend watching this film which you will remember forever, and you will probably watch it several times, just like I did.

2. 99 Homes (2015)

99 Homes is the film which, in my personal opinion, has never got as much popularity as it should have. I have an impression that it has been pushed aside. The film is unexpectedly real. The story is about the economic crisis in America and the properties that people lost. What does it look like when a bailiff comes at people`s doors and confiscates their houses? In a small town, bailiffs come to 99 houses and evict people. The last house is owned by a family that does not want to give up the fight, and uses all legal and other actions to keep their house… The other side of American economy is shown in this film.

3. The Godfather Trilogy (1972)

I think that there is not a person who does not like this film. To be more precise, I have never met a man who does not like this film. Or to be even more precise, it is impossible not to like one of the best films ever made. This is the film for all times. The Godfather Trilogy is the collection of classics The Godfather and The Godfather 2 directed by Francis Ford Coppola and represents one of the most influential films of all times. The film describes the society and relationships between people at the height of the popular Sicilian mafia. The value of this film is not only in a gangster story, but also in the messages hidden in the sentences, which extends throughout the entire gangster story. The character of Don Vito Corleone was masterfully created through the story of the chronology of the most powerful Italian Sicilian mafia family. The focal point of the film, reflected in the honour of the family mixed with a strange essence of romanticism, makes this film particularly interesting.

4. Intouchables (2011)

The film was inspired by a true story. It is a french film. A businessman, now quadriplegic, gives a chance at the job interview to a black man who is involved into petty thefts. This is a great film which represents one beautiful moving story which touches the human soul. Throughout the film, the dialogues are pervaded by an unusual type of humour, different from Hollywood stiff humour, so that some of the scenes will make you laugh out loud. The film is some kind of a quest and reconsideration on essential issues about honesty and respect between people, as well as preservation of optimism in the most difficult life circumstances. The scenes are shown naturally and spontaneously, so that the plot itself seems very plausible. The music particularly stands out and was composed by Ludovico Einaudi, who is, by the way, one of my favourite composers of the recent times. You will not regret watching this film.

5. The Circle (2017)

The Circle is a technological thriller good because it is a cautionary story on the influence of technical appliances and devices on human lives. As far as the quality of the film is concerned, I personally think that this film could have been much better, because the very beginning as well as the scenario implied a good plot; however, as the film goes on, it begins to decline in quality. The film is about the company, The Circle, and the abuse of modern technology in the worst possible ways. It is quite a cautionary tale, describing the life of a busy girl Mae Holland who works in a company where she starts to lose her privacy. Dramatization of the film occurs when the company establishes the platform TrueYou via which all payments are carried out through one single account and with one password, and complete information about a person are held in one place. This film is worth watching because of the message it sends about technological society, but do not expect to be vowed by the film artistry.

6. Flash of Genius (2008)

Flash of Genius is a beautiful and cautionary film based on a true story. I think that anyone dealing with economy, law or science should watch it. It is a warm, family film. Since I love watching family films, I decided to watch this one, and I was amazed. The film Flash of Genius is about an american inventor and professor Robert Kearns who invented the intermittent windshield wiper system for cars. Kearns handed his invention to the Ford Company, to Research and Development Sector, which further sends the device to Washington, to the institutions responsible for device control. Soon after that, the Ford Company allegedly withdraws from the conceptual design. Eight months later, while going to the library, Kearns sees the cars in the streets with his invention, the intermittent windshield wiper system. He impulsively goes to Ford Company and threatens the law suit for violation of patent rights. He suffers from post-depression due to the patent theft and undergoes the treatment for a while. He collects evidence in order to press charges against one of the biggest corporations, but at the same time, that would mean the law suit against any car manufacturing company that violated the right to use his intermittent windshield wiper system. A year later, a manager from the Ford Company comes and offers to Kearns amicable settlement and the cheque at $250.000. Kearns refuses the offer, demanding to be recognized as the inventor. They went to court, but the court expenses against a big corporation such as Ford Motor Company were really high. Kearns defends himself in the court, he goes to University library and studies The Patent Law. Four years later, not dropping the suit, he receives another offer to one million dollars which Kearns decidedly refuses, demanding to be recognized as the inventor. What is interesting about this film is the trial process with very interesting dialogues between the participants. The last unsuccessful offer coming from the Ford Company included significantly higher cheque amount of thirty million dollars, but still no acknowledgement of him as the inventor. The whole family rejected the offer. Skilful lawyers of the big corporation start to reveal professor`s weak points, saying that he was son medications and was in hospital, which resulted in his misconception of the reality. However, the jury recognized Kearns as the inventor and decided that this huge corporation cannot catch hold of Kearns`s patent and declare it invalid. The court ruled in favour of the family, they won and obtained ten million dollars. After the verdict against Ford Company, Kearns got $18.7 million, interest included, from the Chrysler company for violation of patent rights. Basically, this is one very good true story worth watching. Highly recommended!

7. Trading Places (1983)

This is the film that will make you laugh. Trading Places is one of the best comedies on finances and the stock market. What happens when a millionaire and a beggar switch their life roles? In case you missed this film, do not waste a second, it is really worth watching!

8. Margin Call (2011)

Margin Call
is the film about the economic crisis during 2008. What is actually margin call? Buying on margin is a very risky process. It is the situation where an intermediary who offered the possibility of buying on margin (a broker or a clearing house) starts to demand from the client`s company or a clearing client financial assets, i.e. "margin deposit" up to the certain minimum level for covering the position on the account. It means that you are liquidated or foreclosed for trade. The change usually occurs due to currency trends, and a client has very little time at his disposal. The film Margin Call at the same time represents a kind of a criticism of the financial system. The story begins with laying off employees in a corporative company where stiff and rigid corporative relations try to make Eric Dale, a risk management sector manager, the victim of entire business situation. Leaving the corporation, at the elevator door, Eric Dale throws a USB to his friend Peter Sullivan urging him to continue the research. This is when the dynamics of the film begins. The special significance of this film is that it indicates the responsibility which exists within the chain of banking positions. It also shows how a man has to make a difficult decision in order to come out of the entire situation avoiding serious moral and financial consequences. Recommendation.

9. The Prestige (2006)

The Prestige is the film directed by Christopher Nolan. The film is about the impact of fame as well as about the psychology of human behaviour, shown through the competition which exists between two magicians. Their friendly competition turns into a serious rivalry. Up to what limits can a man go in order to see passionate excitement on the people`s faces, who cannot stop applauding to a magic trick performed on a stage? Countless questions are imposed here, the most important of which is: Is everything the way it looks? Does the greed for fame lead a man to the spiritual deterioration of his own soul?
The introduction of the film is really good, particularly as far as the messages hidden in the stories about magicians, such as: Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The film represents the magic as the skilfully executed trick, the use (abuse) of heavy lies, illusions, wrong reference and guidance, stealing of art ideas, so that to others it all seems plausible. The Prestige is the story about two men who at some point switch. The film resembles "The Illusionist", which is also a nice artistic film. I recommend it.

10. Jobs (2013)

And the last, but not least, I cannot miss the chance to recommend a film about the entrepreneur Steve Jobs. Jobs is a biographical film about the entrepreneur Steve Jobs, it is an american drama, starting from the Jobs` early days, when he used to realize how much the computers are primitive. As a genius visionary, he managed to design devices unthinkable for that time. Particular beauty of this film lies in the funny quotes and life wisdom. Those of you who have read the book "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson will not resist watching any film about him. Every economy student should read the book about Jobs, and watch at least one of the films about his life. Think different!

That would be all for this film recommendation. I hope that you will use your time during winter creatively and watch some of the films from my recommendation list:) Enjoy! :)

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