85 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2005 Last revised: 9 Mar 2009
Date Written: March 8, 2009
American films have long presented a negative view of business. This article is the first comprehensive and in-depth analysis of filmmakers' attitude toward business. It shows that it is not business that filmmakers dislike, but rather the control of firms by profit-maximizing capitalists. The article argues that this dislike stems from filmmakers' resentment of capitalists' constraints on their artistic vision. Filmmakers' portrayal of business is significant because films have persuasive power that tips the political balance toward business regulation.
Keywords: Film, business regulation, corporate social responsibility
JEL Classification: G38, K20, K22, L21, L51
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Ribstein, Larry E., Wall Street and Vine: Hollywood's View of Business (March 8, 2009). U Illinois Law & Economics Research Paper No. LE05-010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=563181 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.563181
By Gavin Jones