‘Money for Nothing’ has a lot going on

Ben Bernanke is one of the Fed chiefs featured in “Money for Nothing.”
Ben Bernanke is one of the Fed chiefs featured in “Money for Nothing.”Liberty Street Films

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Is it by design that the title and subtitle of Jim Bruce’s documentary “Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve” indicate the relationship between style and content in the film? “Money for Nothing” – you recognize that. It’s the title of the Dire Straits hit from 1985. An interview subject quotes it at one point. The subtitle declares rather than alludes. It is what it is, as Bill Belichick (that gridiron Ben Bernanke) would say, bluntly informing what the movie is about.

So rock ’n’ roll sexiness, of a sort, is the documentary’s style: jokey graphics, clips from cartoons and movies, shots of falling wooden blocks, that sort of thing. Which is an understandable (if distracting) response to the movie’s decidedly nonvisual subject.

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