Move Over, Gordon
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.