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Ibelongtonoone
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posted 04 January 2008 12:25 PM      Profile for Ibelongtonoone        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Harlan County U.S.A

Trailer

One of the best documentaries ever actually.

also

Matewan by John Sayles

A bit boring but all of Sayles movies are a bit.


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aka Mycroft
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posted 04 January 2008 12:46 PM      Profile for aka Mycroft     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Salt of the Earth" which was written, directed and produced by blacklisted Hollywood talent in the 1950s. It's based on true story of a Mine Mill strike by Mexican-American miners in New Mexico in which the miners wives take a leading role in winning the strike after the men are barred from picketing.

The film was largely suppressed due to pressure from the US government and anti-Communist groups such as the American Legion.
Wikipedia: Salt_of_the_Earth

*Norma Rae
*Bread & Roses
*Strike! (by Sergei Eisenstein)


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jeff house
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posted 04 January 2008 01:11 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
While the Barbara Kopple documentary is the best thing going, there is also a film about the Harlan county strike, called Harlan County War, which stars Holly Hunter.

This film is distinguished by the appearance of the brilliant and DNA-rich 11 year old actor, Alex House, who plays the son of Hunter and her husband, played by Ted Levine.

No one should miss this film!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0209013/


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N.Beltov
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posted 04 January 2008 01:23 PM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Despite the virtually inexhaustible wealth of subject matter for film, drama, and documentary making, what's remarkable about work and union movies is how few there are. It's astonishing when you think about it.

However, work is a regular subject of comedy, with or without unions, in an endless variety.

It's interesting how this subject matter is so well covered by comedy and so poorly covered by serious depictions. I wonder why?

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M. Spector
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posted 04 January 2008 02:44 PM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Other nominees:

Fighting For Our Lives

Watsonville on Strike

American Dream


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Fidel
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I suppose John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath(Henry Fonda starred in the movie) could be considered a pro-union movie. The Joads were treated pretty badly by private farm owners running migrant worker's camps like prisons. The federally-sponsored collective run by farmhands themselves was a veritable sanctuary for the Joads by comparison.

The cheap-labor conservatives in the “30’s convinced people that anyone who objected to the way business ran the country must be “reds:”

quote:
Well, sir, Hines says, “A red is any son-of-a-bitch that wants thirty cents an hour when we’re payin’ twenty-five! Well, this young fella he thinks about her, an’ he scratches his head, an’ he says,

“Well, Jesus, Mr. Hines. I ain’t a son-of-a-bitch, but if that’s what a red is”why, I want thirty cents an hour. Ever’body does. Hell, Mr. Hines, we’re all reds.’


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Ibelongtonoone
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posted 04 January 2008 05:00 PM      Profile for Ibelongtonoone        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Grapes of Wrath is a great novel and a really great movie, amd belongs on here for sure. In terms of the gansterism of big business - McCabe & Mrs. Miller - it's also probably one of the most painterly and beautiful american movies.

If you don't mind subtitles - the french filmmaker Laurent Cantet has made two wonderful dramatic movies about work.

Human Resources

Time Out


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Ibelongtonoone
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posted 05 January 2008 07:36 AM      Profile for Ibelongtonoone        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I almost forgot one of the best fims I've ever seen on the topic of work or even capitalism but not a didactic way

Rosetta

quote:
Rosetta is about what happens when bodies collide. About the simple reality that in order to feel human we must put our bodies to use in some meaningful way. With its recurrent images of hardship, bodily endurance and manual labour, Rosetta, more than any film I can recall seeing, is deeply, often painfully, felt through the body.

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Martha (but not Stewart)
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posted 05 January 2008 08:44 AM      Profile for Martha (but not Stewart)     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Matewan.

Here's the Rotten Tomaotes page, the imdb page, and the Wikipedia page.


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N.Beltov
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posted 05 January 2008 09:14 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You know, I think a film that is worth mentioning is Lonely Are The Brave. It was directed by David Miller and written by blacklist victim Dalton Trumbo from the Edward Abbey novel, The Brave Cowboy. Incidently, another Abbey novel, The Monkey Wrench Gang, is slated for release as a film in 2008.

Kirk Douglas plays the leading role of Jack Burns, a transient worker and ranch hand. It is a film more in the anarchist tradition but its heart is blue collar all the way. Douglas has said that this was his favorite film ... (even more than Spartacus or Paths of Glory) .


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