The photo above is from the "Grapes of Wrath" - a story about the Great Depression and how hundreds of thousands of families had to leave their farms for California - to look for work. Many families lost their farms because they could not pay their mortgages and/or their taxes.
Now that Obama will be president, he needs to see a few movies. Maybe we should see them too.
Trailer to film "Battle of Algiers"
Xan Brooks Wednesday November 5 2008 12.08 GMT
I'd urge him to watch John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath (an angry, humane account of the last Great Depression) and Robert Altman's Nashville (a warts-and-all celebration of the American melting-pot). For good measure, I'd recommend the documentary A Crude Awakening (to scare him towards a greener environmental policy), Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd (to warn against the lure of demagoguery) and Gillo Pontecorvo's Battle of Algiers, to remind him of the dangers of getting bogged down in a guerrilla war in a foreign nation (although I suspect he's aware of this already)...more
Trailer to "Grapes of Wrath"
Trailer to "Nashville"