Rapid Review: “Ivory Tower” Only Touch The Tip Of The Iceberg

Review By: Cole Clay

Twitter: @WordsByCole

Virtually nothing seems to plague young Americans more than paying for their college tuition, the primary issue discussed in Andrew Rossi’s “Ivory Tower.” The CNN production with be broadcasted on the network this fall.

In a movie bursting at the seams with unsettling statistics Rossi showcased two monumental ones that will get some bells ringing. The price of the institution has risen more than 1000 percent since 1978 and the student debt ceiling has now surpassed $1 trillion, which is more than the entire nation’s credit card debt. 

Aside from creating a financial burden on students this film will make many wide-eyed students think again before they extend their education, which is a shame since our nation prides itself to having higher education available to everyone. 

Rossi uses experts such as Clayton Christensen and Andrew Delbanco to articulate the issue. “Ivory Tower” juxtaposes the issue by not just focusing on middle class America. A former homeless African American is profile and has a deep love for the doors that were opened to him based on his education. However, he is worried that he may not be able to live up to the daily standards. 

This film is packed with shocking ideas on such a large topic, but 97 minute run time holds back some depth that only seems to be the tip of the iceberg. Maybe Rossi should take a page out of legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s (who is known for having films exceed four hours in length) book when filming seminal American institutions and just go for length. 


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