A talking head set against the bleak backdrop of an abandoned office tower in Frankfurt’s CBD. Sometimes you get the body as well. Pacing around empty rooms with floor to ceiling windows, some still furnished with forgotten furniture. The panning shots of the exterior suggest omnipotence but the desolate rooms and tired-looking man suggest otherwise.
Capitalism has been hollowed out, says Marc Bauder’s documentary Master of the Universe.
Rainer Voss - once one of the leading investment bankers in Germany - offers a first-hand analysis of the world financial system. His view is structural, legal. But also psychological.
MOTU is not the usual critique of bankers but a deeper and more considered examination of human nature within a system so flawed, so unsustainable and devoid of ethics that it is fated to fail us again and again.
It’s depressing but also beautiful and human. And it forces us to reassess how we live now and how we want to live in the future.
MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE (2013, 88mins)
directed by Marc Bauder