What film might be best used to compare/contrast "Bartleby the Scrivener, A Tale of Wall Street"?

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Though the connection is looser, Terry Gilliam's Brazil could be said to resemble Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener." Both feature protagonists who lead colorless lives amid a dehumanizing office workplace. Both Sam Lowry and Bartleby are men largely defined by their unfulfilling work. The spaces they inhabit are urban and ugly, a reflection of the industrialized modern world, which dwarfs the individual.

Both characters are also rebels. Bartleby rebels by refusing to do work, telling his superior he "would prefer not to" do any of the copy expected of him. Eventually, this rebellion becomes fatal, as he progresses to preferring not to move from his work space and then preferring not to eat. He dies. On the other hand, Sam rebels by helping a woman wrongly accused of terrorist acts by the totalitarian government escape prison. In the end, he fails, though unlike Bartleby, he does not die and instead descends into total, uncomprehending insanity, in a strange way transcending the...

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