TALES OF THE 1% FILM SERIES: The American Ruling Class

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 7:30pm
The Brecht Forum, 451 West Street (between Bank & Bethune Sts): A, C, E to 14 St. (south exits to 14th & 8th Av.; L to 8th Av. (at 14th); #1, 2, 3 to 14 St.(south exits to 12th St. & 7th Av.); PATH to Christopher St. (nr. Hudson St.); F, M to 14 St (at 6th Av.); B, D to W. 4 St. (north exits to Waverly & 6th Av.); maps below)

September 11th, 2013 7:30 PM
The American Ruling Class
Dir: John Kirby | 2005 | 100 min

Written by Lewis H. Lapham, this film explores America’s most taboo topic: class, seeking to answer the question, "Does America have a ruling class?" Its producers consider it the first "dramatic-documentary-musical."

To answer this question, Lapham devises a fictional scenario following the post-graduation paths of two young Yale graduates, themselves from opposite economic beginnings. The paths they take gradually clue them, and the audience, into the reality posed by the question.

Among the many interviewed in the docu-drama are: Robert Altman, James A. Baker III, Bill Bradley, Walter Cronkite, Barbara Ehrenreich, Vartan Gregorian, Doug Henwood, Pete Seeger, Lawrence Summers, William Howard Taft IV, Kurt Vonnegut, Howard Zinn and many more.

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