A critique of capitalism?


This is an honest question, and I’m not trying to stir up shit. Nor am I attempting to justify/denigrate one economic system over the other. This era was well before my time, and I don’t know enough about the director/ context to make an educated conclusion.

Here’s why I thought this might be the case.

A group of strangers discovers the potential for wealth. In attempting to figure out what to do, they develop a few well-thought our means of distribution that would benefit everyone in the group. However, each person is overcome by their own selfish sense of entitlement and greed wins out. A mad scramble ensues where each member of the group disgraces themselves in the name of their pursuit, leaves a trail of total chaos in the wake of their avarice , before they all fall to total ruin.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen this movie, and I don’t remember it beat for beat. I just had a thought An wanted some feedback

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It can't be a critique of capitalism because the money they feel entitled to they didn't earn, but rather belongs to someone else. In fact, it's stolen money from a legitimate business. So that would presumably point more toward a critique of socialism/communism, except that one group of strangers didn't try to set themselves up as the ruling moral arbiters, kill all the others, and then steal all their possessions.

So no, it's just a comical critique of greed and human nature in general.

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It can't be a critique of capitalism because the money they feel entitled to they didn't earn, but rather belongs to someone else.


Actually this is capitalism in a nutshell, the upper class is only able to generate wealth off the backbreaking work of labourers, who only see a fraction of the profit they created.

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It's not a critique about anything political. The point of the movie was to make fun of human greed and how it can turn perfectly ordinary, civilized people into cutthroat savages and criminals. That point is why in the end of the movie, everyone winds up losing the suitcase. Each person thought he was most deserving of the money because of how cutthroat he was. But they weren't deserving, because 1) they didn't turn the money into the police 2) even if they didn't, they decided to harm each other and cause destruction rather than just team up and divide the money equally.

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