Originally Posted by Jovan
Holy thread revive, Batman.
As a newbie, I searched a couple of topics that interest me and found this thread.
Gekko still has currency. "Gordon Gekko" seems to have become journalistic shorthand for the raiders of the Eighties, much referred to during recent corporate scandals. But even more tellingly, I hear Gekko mentioned frequently by young businessmen and sales sharks who look to Wall Street
, and Glengarry Glen Ross
, and the more recent Boiler Room
, not as cautionary tales, but as inspirations.
Cautionary tales seldom really work, especially on film. You have to establish the glamor of whatever you are cautioning against, and it's the glamor that people take away.
What I took away from Wall Street
was: "I want those shirts and suspenders!" Nearly twenty years later, I still do. There is staying power in image-making.