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1995 Labor Film Series

All films shown at the Eastman House Dryden Theater, 900 East Avenue

Friday, October 6
THE GRAPES OF WRATH
(John Ford, US, 1940, 129 min.) This Ford classic stars Henry Fonda playing the role of his life in the film version of the John Steinbeck novel about working people forced to migrate from the 1930s Oklahoma dustbowl to California. This movie is as relevant today as it was just after the Great Depression.

Friday, October 13
WALL STREET
(Oliver Stone, US, 1987, 124 min.) This modern morality tale tells the story of a young man who sells his soul — and his working class union father — to win admittance to Wall Street’s high-powered world of wheeling and dealing. Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen star.

Friday, October 20
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ROSIE THE RIVETER
(US, 1980, 60 min.) and
WITH BABIES AND BANNERS (US, 1979, 45 min.) As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, Rosie is a timely, thoughtful and enlightening documentary about the women who worked in the factories during the war. It effectively combines period newsreel footage and interviews with actual workers. Babies presents the untold story of the working women who became the backbone of the 1937 Flint sit-down strike victory.

Friday, October 27
HIS GIRL FRIDAY
(Howard Hawks, US, 1940, 92 min.) This classic comedy stars Cary Grant as a conniving newspaper editor and Rosalind Russell as his star reporter on a hot story not all that different from today’s O.J. Simpson trial.

Friday, November 31
I'M ALL RIGHT JACK
(John Boulting, UK, 1959, 104 min.) Peter Sellers stars as a British labor union leader in this comedy about a socialite, played by Ian Carmichael, who enters the workforce only to unwittingly upset an elaborate and crooked business scheme.

Friday, November 10
WAGES OF FEAR
(Henri Clouzot, USA, 1952, 148 min.) A gritty and suspenseful epic set in Latin America, this film chronicles the personalities and relationships among four men involved in driving long-distance trucks filled with nitro-glycerine. Yves Montand stars in this original Director’s Cut version.

Friday, November 17 Upstate Premiere
I AM CUBA
(Mikhail Kalatozov, Cuba/Soviet Union, 1964, 135 min. Spanish and Russian with subtitles.) The first film ever jointly presented by master directors Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorcese, this film by the great Soviet director is a whirling, feverish dance through the sensuous decadence of Batista's Havana and the grinding poverty and oppression of the Cuban people. Kalatozov’s astonishingly acrobatic camera glides effortlessly through scenes of bathing beauties, landless peasants and student revolutionaries.

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