Move Over, Gor­don

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1987: Fi­nance’s un­prece­dented suc­cess—and its ex­cess—at­tracts the at­ten­tion of di­rec­tor Oliver Stone. The movie he cre­ates, Wall Street, be­comes a clas­sic for its in­dict­ment of cor­po­rate raiders such as Gor­don Gekko (Michael Dou­glas) and his pro­tégé, Bud Fox (Char­lie Sheen). Stone’s film presents a ma­cho, male­cen­tric world—not an in­ac­cu­rate de­pic­tion at the time. 2016: Where Gekko once tri­umphed, an­other un­apolo­getic cap­i­tal­ist, Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn), now reigns. The in­vest­ment bank­ing ti­tan is the lead char­ac­ter of the newly re­leased Eq­uity, a film pro­ject fi­nanced by women on Wall Street. “There was so much in this script that I could iden­tify with,” says Candy Straight, an in­de­pen­dent di­rec­tor of Neu­berger Ber­man’s mu­tual funds. She and some two dozen other women from such banks as Gold­man Sachs and Citibank con­trib­uted mil­lions to get be­hind Eq­uity, which was in­de­pen­dently fi­nanced be­fore Sony Pic­tures Clas­sics agreed to dis­trib­ute it.

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