Movies: How Enron's Big Shots Got Into Trouble


Viewers of Alex Gibney's film about Enron's collapse will not emerge from it with a comprehensive understanding of all the scams that the company's officers employed to drive the stock so high in the 1990s. Pawing through the paperwork is not what documentaries do best. This one, for instance, achieves its power by showing us the faces of Enron's leadership back when its genius was unquestioned.

The big names in this up-to-date Ponzi scheme--Kenneth Lay, Jeff Skilling and Andrew Fastow, right--declined, perhaps understandably, to grant Gibney formal interviews, but not to worry: there's plenty of old video, and in it they...

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