Wednesday, November 5, 2008

5 movies Obama (and the rest of us) should see

The Grapes of Wrath (1940). Photo: Ronald Grant Archive
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"
London Guardian
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"

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