“A classic example is ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, which features an obvious tyrant who either breaks you or drives you to rebel.”
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... Caroline Hainer, author, cultural journalist and film critic.
What is the general image of the office in popular culture?
“In general, you could say that the office is used in two ways: Either as a backdrop for a psychological tale of human nature, group dynamics and hierarchies and the monotony of conformity. A classic example is The Devil Wears Prada, which features an obvious tyrant who either breaks you or drives you to rebel. Or else the office is used as a way to describe the society we live in, capitalism pitting individuals against the unstoppable forces of the market. Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, for example. In it, stockbrokers do battle with each other for their own survival, while the super capitalist Gordon Gekko controls the financial world from his opulent office at the top of the skyscraper.”
Why are offices so ideal for drama?
“For one thing, there are built-in hierarchies that are easy to create drama around. Do you step in line, or do you rebel? And also, the office is an excellent reflection of society as a whole, where individuals who want to change and improve things contrast sharply with the silent followers who don’t want to rock the boat. And somewhere in between there is the opportunity to see that we are all people with dreams, joys and sorrows.”