Saturday, August 27, 2011

"Chasing Madoff"

What should have been a disturbing examination of a colossal financial crime in "Chasing Madoff" is instead a disturbed one.

Using an irritably distracting collage of hopped-up graphics, archival footage and faux-noir re-creations in black and white, director Jeff Prosserman's frenzied documentary focuses on the scandal's much-noted whistle-blower, a securities analyst named Harry Markopolos, who had been trying for 10 years — before Bernard Madoff's 2008 arrest — to let the world know Madoff's money-managing operation was a Ponzi scheme

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