Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2005

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 2005

Directed by Alex Gibney

A riveting beginner’s guide to the mind-boggling Enron crash. “Fiercely intelligent, terrifying and absurdly funny… It’s a bracing portrait of American power-lust run amok.” — Scott Foundas, LA Weekly

USA In English
109 minutes 35mm

Director

Screenplay

Alex Gibney. Based on the book by Bethany McLean, Peter Elkind

Photography

Maryse Alberti

Editor

Alison Elwood

Music

Matt Hauser

Narrator

Peter Coyote

Festivals

Sundance 2005

Elsewhere

A riveting beginner’s guide to the mind-boggling Enron crash.

“Less corporate noir than capitalist disaster film… Alex Gibney's soberly entertaining documentary – adapted from the book by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind – provides a full account of the deregulatin' Texas con men who, reporting imaginary profits while concealing real losses, rode the bull market into America's largest bankruptcy… America's ‘most innovative company’ (per Fortune), Enron was created by preacher's son Ken Lay (or as George W. Bush called him, ‘Kenny Boy’) and administered by the Harvard-educated macho man Jeffrey Skilling, whose Gordon Gekkoid business philosophy advocated unlimited greed. Enron contributed mightily to Bush campaign coffers, but once its $30 billion debt emerged from a maze of creative accountancy, the corporation went from being the New Economy poster child to its Frankenstein monster.” — J. Hoberman, Village Voice

"Fiercely intelligent, terrifying and absurdly funny… It’s a bracing portrait of American power-lust run amok.” — Scott Foundas, LA Weekly