Cradle Will Rock

Cradle Will Rock

Downloadable Video - 1999
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Powerful and sweeping, the critically acclaimed CRADLE WILL ROCK, starring Hank Azaria, Joan Cusack, John Cusack, Bill Murray, and Susan Sarandon, takes a kaleidoscopic look at the extraordinary events of 1930s America. From high society to life on the streets, director Tim Robbins brings Depression-era New York City to vivid life. It's a time when DaVincis are given to millionaires who help fund the Mussolini war effort and Nelson Rockefeller commissions Mexican artist Diego Rivera to paint the lobby of Rockefeller Center. A time when a young Orson Welles and a troupe of passionate actors risk everything to perform the infamous musical "The Cradle Will Rock." As threats to their freedom and livelihood loom larger, they refuse to give into censorship. Based on actual events, CRADLE WILL ROCK will move you.
Publisher: [United States]: Touchstone Pictures , 1999
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 74 min.)) : sd., col
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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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