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"Lord of War" ...anyone think it is a study in Economics?

Old 01-23-08, 04:45 PM
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"Lord of War" ...anyone think it is a study in Economics?

I was thinking about this movie and how it relates to Economics. I am starting with my 12th graders: the basics, factors of production, resources, limited and unlimited, scarcity, and was wondering if anyone thought this movie showed some of those basic principles in a coherent manner.

I obviously don't remember that in detail which is why I ask. Maybe you haven't thought about it like that, but do you think it makes sense in the realm of Eco.?

I always like visuals to back up facts and for some reason this popped in my head. God knows I can't think of any other movie that shows production, albeit in an illegal sense with gun running.

Also, comments to go along with your poll choice would be helpful.

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I think I get what you are saying and would add that the movie New Jack City does the same thing in the same ways.

Both are great movies IMO as well. I really like movies that don't focus on the traditional, and somewhat tired, good vs. evil model.
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I think its a great movie thats for sure.
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I think the economic lessons will not resonate in the minds of 12th graders. The only lesson they'll learn is that you can make lots of money and get hot chicks by breaking the law.
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I think it's ALSO a study in economics...
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Originally Posted by Neil M.
I think the economic lessons will not resonate in the minds of 12th graders. The only lesson they'll learn is that you can make lots of money and get hot chicks by breaking the law.
some will think that, but know it is unlikely. most i think can grasp concepts more than that.
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I never saw it much as a study in economics. I think Blow is actually better film for that.
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Blow isn't better for anything.
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Originally Posted by scott1598
I was thinking about this movie and how it relates to Economics. I am starting with my 12th graders.
Are you a teacher, scott1598? If so, I'm quite shocked, actually.
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Originally Posted by zombiezilla
Are you a teacher, scott1598? If so, I'm quite shocked, actually.
why is that, exactly?
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I wouldnt say thats the point of the movie, but i can see what you are saying and I can see that in the movie, and does provide a pretty good example of that.
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Or you could just show them this clip (though this might be more geared towards marketing than economics):

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Lord of War and Thank You For Smoking would be a great one-two punch.
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Originally Posted by scott1598
I was thinking about this movie and how it relates to Economics. I am starting with my 12th graders: the basics, factors of production, resources, limited and unlimited, scarcity, and was wondering if anyone thought this movie showed some of those basic principles in a coherent manner.

I obviously don't remember that in detail which is why I ask. Maybe you haven't thought about it like that, but do you think it makes sense in the realm of Eco.?

I always like visuals to back up facts and for some reason this popped in my head. God knows I can't think of any other movie that shows production, albeit in an illegal sense with gun running.

Also, comments to go along with your poll choice would be helpful.
Hrm. Haven't seen this movie, but I've been wanting to. Now I have more reason; I'm a big Econ buff. Any diminishing returns? lol had a discussion about that today with a friend. Good stuff. I'll try and watch this sometime soon.
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Originally Posted by Legolas
Lord of War and Thank You For Smoking would be a great one-two punch.
i was also thinking of TYFS, but not so much as an Economic aspect.

anyone have any recommendations for more mainstream movies that can be closely tied to Economics, the cycles, factors of production, etc...? (Hudsucker Proxy looks good, but that would be too weird for them) i don't show movies often, but what i do know is they like mainstream.
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Movies that deal with Economics?

Originally Posted by scott1598
anyone have any recommendations for more mainstream movies that can be closely tied to Economics, the cycles, factors of production, etc...? (Hudsucker Proxy looks good, but that would be too weird for them) i don't show movies often, but what i do know is they like mainstream.
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Originally Posted by scott1598
anyone have any recommendations for more mainstream movies that can be closely tied to Economics, the cycles, factors of production, etc...? (Hudsucker Proxy looks good, but that would be too weird for them) i don't show movies often, but what i do know is they like mainstream.
By far the best I've ever seen is Other People's Money.

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