May Day: Images of Work and Revolution
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dir. Paul Schrader, US, 1978, 35mm, 114 min.
Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver and American Gigolo) made his directorial debut with this gritty story of loyalty and corruption. The corruption, in this case, comes in the form of a union that is consistently undermining the workers as they fight over their paltry wages in an all too familiar class struggle. Three friends (Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto and Richard Pryor) decide to take matters into their own hands by stealing from the union. From there things spiral out of control as those in power resort to ever more dramatic measures to keep their secrets from the very workers they are supposed to represent. Blue Collar is an under-recognized gem from the peak of the New American Cinema and a scathing critique of American greed and power.
Meet King Joe
Prod. John Sutherland Productions, US, 1949, 16mm, color, 9 min.
A relic from the post-war boom in American economic growth, this animated film is a perfect example of capitalist propaganda. The main character “Joe” represents the typical American worker who, evidently, doesn’t realize how good his life really is compared to other workers around the world.
$7.00 - $9.00