Cradle Will Rock

Cradle Will Rock

DVD - 2000? | Widescreen
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A kaleidoscopic look at the extraordinary events of 1930s America, from high society to life on the streets in Depression-era New York City. Based on the events surrounding Marc Blitzstein's controversial musical about a steel strike, to be produced by the Federal Theater Program.
Publisher: [United States] : Touchstone Home Video, [2000?]
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780788818219
078881821X
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
laser optical,NTSC
digital,optical,surround sound,Dolby Digital 5.1
1 videodisc (134 min.) sound, color; 4 3/4 in

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laustcawz Jul 23, 2012

"Ha! A Jewish Fascist!!"

"...& YOU, a WEALTHY Communist!!!"

laustcawz Jul 23, 2012

"Where do you draw the line? Do you draw the line? How long before you're making soap commercials?"

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laustcawz Sep 18, 2012

For anyone who's not paying too much attention here, this is NOT the psycho-nanny movie with Rebecca DeMornay.

This is a true story (well, a "mostly" true story, according to the credits) about a real musical play written in the 1930s by Mark Blitzstein (played here by Hank Azaria), "The Cradle Will Rock", addressing the formation of labor unions by the working class. Tim Robbins (who directed but does not appear in the film) clearly shows the influence of Robert Altman (Robbins had previously starred in Altman's "The Player" & "Short Cuts"), adeptly juggling various storylines that ultimately converge as production & performance of the play is shut down by the Federal Theatre Project & those involved with the play, including Blitzstein, Orson Welles (played by Angus MacFadyen) & John Houseman (played by Cary Elwes) try to arrange a way for the play to be presented anyway. The fluidity of the direction & the way the story is presented (including re-enactments of Congressional hearings of the time, using dialogue taken from the Congressional record), amazing performances, excerpts from the play & its music (as well as its implications) & a beautifully dramatic ending (played exactly as it was described by the real Houseman on a CD set of a 1985 performance of the play) all add up to a modern classic that was mostly ignored upon its 1999 release (even by the Independent Film Awards).

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