View Full Version : The Big Short and B-24s

Dan McCosh
03-17-2016, 04:24 PM
We saw "The Big Short" last night, which was an amazing piece of work--a funny, fast-paced movie about bonds and derivatives. Arguably one of the best films about an inherently dull subject ever made. It proved to be an entertaining, but quite serious, look at the corruption of today's financial system.
For no particular reason, local public television ran a 1940s documentary about the Willow Run plant where Rosie the Riveter built B-24s during WWII. This was a corny, but equally brilliant look at the technology and people who produced one B-24 every hour, which was the kind of production that led to victory in WWII. The two movies side by side made for a sobering contrast, between the kind of brilliance, dedication and expertise that went into producing something as complex as a WWII bomber, vs. the jaded confidence game played on Wall Street, with equal brilliance. Neither film did much moralizing, which only enhanced their impact.

03-17-2016, 07:40 PM
Excellent juxtaposition.