Labor Themes in the Movies and on TV

Corporations, Wall Street, and Sundry Capitalism in the Movies

Labor Themes in the Movies

Arsenal (Soviet Union, 1928-29)
Directed by Alexander Dovzhenko. Based on an actual incident, this is a dramatic account of the Ukraine from the First World War through the February and October Revolutions, to the suppression of a workers' revolt in 1918. Dovzhenko presents harsh, realistic scenes of Czarist brutality and war's destruction, but his juxtapositions of the Russian workers and peasants are both impressionistic and symbolic. 75 min. DVD 8448; vhs 999:2101 (digitally mastered)
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La Bataille du Rail (The Battle of the Rails) (France, 1946)
Directed by René Clement. Cast: Marcel Barnault, Jean Clarieux, Jean Daurand, Tony Laurent, Lucien Desagneaux, François Joux, Pierre Latour. During the occupation of France by Nazi Germany, French railway workers bravely battled the Nazis on many fronts, from transporting forbidden mail to committing acts of sabotage. They became an invaluable part of the French resistance. 85 min. DVD 5097
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Bowles, Brett. "Documentary Realism and Collective Memory in Post-War France, 1945-1955." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Jun2007, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p251-258, 8p UC users only
Danks, Adrian. "Border Crossings: Placing Rene Clement's La Bataille du rail." Senses of Cinema, vol. 27, pp. (no pagination), July 2003 UC users only
Lindeperg, Sylvie. "Political and Narrative Ambiguities in La Bataille du Rail." Historical Reflections; Summer2009, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p142, 21p UC users only
Torchin, Leshu. "La Bataille du Rail/Forbidden Games." Cineaste, Winter2006, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p66-68, 3pUC users only
Watts, Philip. "Of Heroes and Traitors: Two Early Films by René Clément." In: Rhine crossings : France and Germany in love and war / edited by Aminia M. Brueggemann and Peter Schulman. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PT123.F7 R45 2005)

Beauty and the Boss (1932)
Directed by Roy del Ruth. Cast: Marian Marsh, David Manners, Warren William, Charles Butterworth, Frederick Kerr, Mary Doran, Robert Greig. "The Baron is a banker, in Vienna, who works at at very fast pace. He appreciates beautiful women, but fires the beautiful Miss Frey as he considers her a diversion to work. Susie sneaks into his office to apply for the job as the Baron's secretary. Since she is plain looking, as poor as a 'Church Mouse' and very fast at dictation, she gets the job. She keeps all the women away from the Baron so that he can concentrate on his work. In Paris, Miss Frey tells Susie the secret to being 'A Woman', and the little Church Mouse becomes a Lion." [IMDB] Based on the play Church mouse by Ladislaus Fodor 66 min. DVD X4708
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Black Girl (La Noire de--) (Senegal/France, 1966)
Directed by Sembene Ousmane. A young Senegalese servant girl accompanies a white family in its move to France. Harsh treatment leads her to lose all self-esteem and she commits suicide. The couple returns to Dakar to offer the girl's parents money, but they refuse it. The film raises questions on neo-colonialism, migrant workers and passivity vs. protest. In French with English subtitles. 56 min. DVD 5341; vhs 999:3114

Blind Shaft (Mang jing)(China, 2003)
Directed by Yang Li. Cast: Li Yixiang, Wang Shuangbao, Wang Baoqiang. In modern northwestern China, itinerant coal miners Tang and Song befriend fellow miners, murder them in staged "accidents", then pass their victims off as relatives in order to pocket their employer's hush money. The recruiting of Feng, a naive young farm boy, threatens to drive a wedge between the two killers. 89 min. DVD 9601
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Ban Wang. "Documentary as Haunting of the Real: The Logic of Capital in Blind Shaft." Asian Cinema, Spring/Summer2005, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p4-15, 12p
Garcia, Maria. "Blind Shaft." Film Journal International, Mar2004, Vol. 107 Issue 3, p38-39, 2p UC users only
McConaghy, Mark. "The Resistance of Non-resistance: On the (Im)possible Fragility of Ethics in Li Yang's Blind Shaft." East Asian Forum, 2010, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p70-87, 18p UC users only
Noble, Jonathan "Blind shaft : performing the 'underground' on and beyond the screen." In: Chinese films in focus II / edited by Chris Berry. Basingstoke, Hampshire [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan ; London : [Published] on behalf of British Film Institute, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.C4 C463 2008)
Wang, Ban "Documentary as Haunting of the Real: The Logic of Capital in Blind Shaft." Asian Cinema, Spring/Summer2005, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p4-15, 12p.Detail Only
Wang, Ban "Urban space in production and disappearance. Of humans and nature in documentary : the logic of capital in West of the tracks and Blind shaft." In: Chinese ecocinema : in the age of environmental challenge / edited by Sheldon Lu and Jiayan Mi. Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press ; London : Eurospan [distributor], 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.C4 C455 2009)

Blow for Blow (Coup pour coup)(France / West Germany, 1971)
Director, Marin Karmitz. Cast: Anne-Marie Bacquiér, Danielle Chinsky, Eva Damien, Maité Delamarre, Annick Fougery, Jean Hébert, Anne Lipinska, Christiane Rorato, Andre Rouyer, Jean Tervoort, André Watt. Collectively made by more than 100 factory workers, peasants, students, musicians and film-makers, this is a fictionalized account of a wildcat strike at a garment factory in France during which the seamstresses demand better working conditions. Special features: [Disc 1] preface and interviews (75 min.) ; [Disc 2] Le journal du tournage de Coup pour coup / document exclusif commente par Marin Karmitz (121 min.) ; Le conflict LIP 1973-1974 / Dominique Dubosc (59 min.) ; Presentation de Dominique Dubosc (10 min.) 161 min. DVD X2062
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Blue Collar (1978)
Directed by Paul Schrader. Cast: Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto. Whatever became of the "American Dream"? Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto star in the powerful, critically acclaimed drama Blue Collar. Three auto assembly line workers, fed up with union brass and tired of scraping by, hatch a plan to rob a safe at union headquarters. Disappointed with their measly bounty, they realize they've made off with something much more valuable than cash. Their unexpected swipe suddenly envelopes the three autoworkers in a desperate fight against corruption and organized crime. 114 min. DVD X2914; vhs 999:2393
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Bliss, Michael. "Affliction and forgiveness: an interview with Paul Schrader." Film Quarterly; Fall 2000, Vol. 54 Issue 1, p2-9, 8p UC users only
Crowdus, Gary; Georgakas, Dan. "Blue Collar: An Interview with Paul Schrader." Cineaste, Winter77/78, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p34-59, 5p,
Kouvaros, George. Paul Schrader / George Kouvaros. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.S358 K68 2008)
Quart, Leonard, "These are very uncertain times: an interview with Paul Schrader." Cineaste; 1998, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p12-14, 3pQuart, Leonard UC users only
Schrader on Schrader / edited by Kevin Jackson. London ; Boston : Faber and Faber, 1990. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.S33 A5 1990)
Zieger, Gay P. and Zieger, Robert H. "Unions on the Silver Screen: A Review-Essay on F.I.S.T., Blue Collar, and Norma Rae." Labor History 1982 23(1): 67-78. UC users only

Bound for Glory (1976)
Directed by Hal Ashby. Cast: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland, Randy Quaid. Set against the grim backdrop of depression America, this film joyously celebrates the life of Woody Guthrie, America's great folk balladeer and poet. As he traveled across America his buoyant spirit and soul-rousing music surrounded him with a quiet strength enabling him to do battle with the social injustice which surrounded him. Based on the Woody Guthrie autobiography, c1991. 149 min. DVD X1038; vhs 999:1749
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Ashby, Hal. Hal Ashby : interviews / edited by Nick Dawson. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2010. (Moffitt PN1998.3.A7635 A5 2010)
Beach, Christopher. The films of Hal Ashby / Christopher Beach. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2009. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.A7635 B43 2009)
Bingham, Dennis. "Woody Guthrie, Warts-and-All: The Biopic in the New American Cinema of the 1970s." a/b: Auto/Biography Studies Volume 26, Number 1, Summer 2011 UC users only
Friedman, Lester. "America Finds Its Voice: Bound for Glory." In: American cinema of the 1970s : themes and variations / edited by Lester D. Friedman. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 2007. (Main Stack PN1993.5.U6.A8577 2007)
Green, Jim. "Bound for Glory." Cineaste, Summer77, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p36-37, 2p
Kauffmann, Stanley. "Bound for Glory." New Republic; 11/27/76, Vol. 175 Issue 22, p18-40, 2p

Brassed Off!(UK, 1996)
Director Mark Herman. Cast: Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald, Ewan McGregor, Jim Carter, Sue Johnston, Stephen Moore, Ken Colley, Grimethorpe Colliery Band. "A small Yorkshire mining town is threatened with being shut down and the only hope for the town's men is to enter their Grimley Colliery Brass Band into a national competition. They believe they have no hope until Gloria (Tara Fitzgerald) appears carrying her Flugelhorn. At first mocked for being a woman, she soon becomes the only chance for the band to win. In joining the band she puts her relationship with her childhood sweetheart Andy (Ewan McGregor) on the line." [Internet Movie Database] 101 min. DVD 5841
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Caplan, Cora. "The Death of the Working-Class Hero." New Formations; Spring2004 Issue 52, p94-110, 17p
Gillard, Garry. "It's the Music that Matters?: Brassed Off!." Screen Education; 2006 Issue 41, p124-126, 3p UC users only
Wayne, Mike. "The Performing Northern Working Class in British Cinema: Cultural Representation and its Political Economy." Quarterly Review of Film and Video. 2006. Vol. 23, Iss. 4; pg. 287 UC users only

Bread and Roses(UK / France / Germany / Spain / Italy / Switzerland, 2000)
Director Ken Loach. Cast: Pilar Padilla, Adrien Brody, Elpidia Carrillo, George Lopez, Alonso Chavez, Monica Rivas. Maya is an illegal alien who has crossed the U.S. border from Mexico to search for her sister Rosa, and to begin a new life. After being reunited, Rosa gets Maya a job with a janitorial service in a large office building. While working, Maya happens upon Sam Shapiro, a muckraking lawyer and union agitator whom the service-workers' union has assigned to bring its "justice for janitors" campaign to the building. Appalled at the work conditions and unfair labor practices, Maya and Sam team up to fight her employer. 110 min. DVD 5453
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Cama Adentro. (Argentina, 2004)
Directed by Jorge Gaggero. Cast: Norma Aleandro, Norma Argentina, Susana Lanteri, Claudia Lapaco, Marcos Mundstock. A wealthy woman and her live-in housekeeper must adjust their entrenched routines and relationship when Buenos Aires is plunged into an economic crisis. 83 min. DVD 6877
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Car Wash(1976)
Director Michael Schultz. Cast: George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Franklyn Ajaye, Professor Irwin Corey, Ivan Dixon, Antonio Fargas, Jack Kehoe, Clarence Muse, Lorraine Gary, the Pointer Sisters. An irreverent but affectionate look at a typical day in a Los Angeles car wash. But what a day! There's a would-be robbery and an assembly line of the weirdest, baddest characters you've ever met and lots of booty-bumping music to pass the hours. 97 min. DVD 2573
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Cellulose (Celuloza)(Poland, 1954)
Directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz. Cast: Joszef Nowak, Stanislaw Milski, Zbigniew Skowronski, Teresa Szmigielowna. A peasant's son in Poland becomes politically radicalized, after moving to the big city to work in a cellulose factory. 120 min. DVD 9913
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Chance of a Lifetime(UK, 1950)
Directed by Bernard Miles. Cast: Bernard Miles, Kenneth More, Basil Radford, Hattie Jacques. Story centers around the difficulties and conflicts between labor and management on a farm-implement factory in post-WWII England. Dickens, after being bombarded again by, Baxter, the leading grouser in the worker ranks, blurts out the wish that some of them had his job in order to realize how hard it is. Taking the remark as a challenge, the workers elect Stevens and Morris to assume the management role. For a short while, everything runs smoothly but the mistakes made by the new "management" team leads to the workers once again becoming disgruntled with management. 89 min. DVD 9913
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Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class
Featuring interviews with media analysts and cultural historians, this documentary examines the patterns inherent in TV's disturbing depictions of working class people as either clowns or social deviants, stereotypical portrayals that reinforce the myth of meritocracy. Directed by Loretta Alper. c2005. 62 min. DVD 4912

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Clockwatchers (1997)
Directed by Jill Sprecher Cast: Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Alanna Ubach. Four temporary office workers; shy Iris, brash Margaret, wannabe starlet Paula and pampered Jane become fast friends while temping at a big company where looking busy is a full time occupation. But when their boss hires a new assistant, their jobs -- and their friendship -- are suddenly in danger. 96 min. DVD 1428
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The Corn is Green(TV, 1979)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Ian Saynor, Anna Massey, Bill Fraser, Artro Morris, Dorothea Phillips. Miss Moffat is a spinster schoolteacher who inherits a house in a Welsh mining town. She finds the miners living in squalor and ignorance, and is determined to open a school to teach not only the children but also anybody from the village that is interested in learning. Miss Moffat discovers Morgan Evans, a young man with a brilliant mind who works in the coalmines. In an essay he writes about being in the mines underneath the fields where "the corn is green." Morgan becomes her prize pupil, and Miss Moffat pushes him to try for a scholarship at Oxford. Unfortunately he has an affair with a local girl that will require an additional sacrifice on the part of his teacher in order for them to realize their dream. But when he returns from Oxford and has seen what is out there, he refuses to be sent back to the life he knew in the mines. Based on the play "The corn is green" by Emlyn Williams. 93 min. DVD 7602
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The Corn is Green(1945)
Directed by Irving Rapper. Cast: Bette Davis, John Dall, Joan Lorring, Nigel Bruce, Rhys Williams. A portrait of a middle-aged Englishwoman who tries to improve the lives of needy, illiterate Welsh coal miners through education and learning. Based on the play "The corn is green" by Emlyn Williams. 115 min. vhs 999:648
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A Corner in Wheat (1909)
Directed by D.W. Griffith. A greedy tycoon decides, on a whim, to corner the world market in wheat. This doubles the price of bread, forcing the grain's producers into charity lines and further into poverty. The film continues to contrast the ironic differences between the lives of those who work to grow the wheat and the life of the man who dabbles in its sale for profit. 14 min. DVD 1545; also DVD 1399; vhs 999:3391; also vhs 999:594
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Cradle Will Rock (2000)
Directed by Tim Robbins. Cast: Hank Azaria, Ruben Blades, Joan Cusack, John Cusack, Cary Elwes, Philip Baker Hall, Cherry Jones, Angus MacFadyen, Bill Murray, Vanessa Redgrave, Susan Sarandon, Jamey Sheridan, John Turturro, Emily Watson. A kaleidoscopic look at the extraordinary events of 1930s America, from high society to life on the streets in Depression-era New York City. Based on the true story of Orson Welles' controversial musical about a steel strike that was closed down by government decree. 134 min. DVD 281
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Atkinson, Michael. "Hollywood Keeps Left." The American Prospect 11.5 (Jan 17, 2000): 54. UC users only
Briley, Ron. "Cradle Will Rock." Journal of American History 88.3 (Dec 2001): 1202(2). UC users only
Georgakas, Dan. "Labor in Film: La Ciudad, Cradle Will Rock, and The Organizer." New Labor Forum. Fall 2000. , Iss. 7; pg. 65, 8 pgsUC users only
Gross, Larry. "The Cradle Will Rock." Sight and Sound 5.n2 (Feb 1995): 38(1).
Gustaitis, Joseph. "The cradle that ROCKED America.(Orson Welle's 1937 production of musical 'The Cradle Will Rock')." American History 34.6 (Feb 2000): 17.
Mason, Terrence C. "The filmmaker as humanist.(Tim Robbins)." Social Education 64.1 (Jan-Feb 2000): 14(7).
McKissack, Fred. "The Question of the Cradle." Progressive; Mar2000, Vol. 64 Issue 3, p38, 2p, UC users only
Strick, Philip. "Cradle Will Rock.(Review)." Sight and Sound 10.5 (May 2000): 40(4). UC users only
Teachout, Terry. ""Cradle" of Lies.(Review)." Commentary 109.2 (Feb 2000): 51. UC users only
Wilmington, Michael. "Cradle Will Rock" Film Comment. Nov/Dec 1999. Vol. 35, Iss. 6; p. 79 (1 page) UC users only

Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (Crime of Monsieur Lange) (France, 1936)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: René Lefevre, Florelle, Jules Berry, Marcel Levesque, Sylvia Bataille, Nadia Sibirskaia. A group of workers take over a publishing house when its crooked owner, Batala, absconds. Batala returns to resume control, but one of the workers, Lange, kills him to save the collective. 89 min. DVD X7251; vhs 999:583
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The Crowd (1928)
Directed by King Vidor. Cast: James Murray, Eleanor Boardman, Bert Roach. Drama presenting the plight of workaday men and women in New York city at the turn of the century. In his youth John Sims is convinced that he's destined to be a man of importance but twenty seven years later, he is merely one of the faceless crowd, an underpaid clerk in a huge New York office building. 104 min. DVD X5366; DVD X4976; vhs 999:3727
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Cry of the Children (Thanhouser Studios, 1912)
Directed by George O. Nicholas An expression of the pre-World War One reform movement concerning child labor. The story contrasts scenes of the mill owner's home life with that of a poor working family. An unsuccessful strike, poverty, death and hardship threaten to tear the poor family apart. 29 min. DVD 5863; vhs 999:2838

A Day Without a Mexican (USA / Mexico / Spain, 2004)
Directed by Sergio Arau. Cast: Yarelli Arizmendi, John Getz, Maureen Flannigan, Muse Watson, Fernando Arau, Eduardo Palomo. California awakens one day to discover that one third of its population has vanished. A peculiar pink fog surrounds the state and communication outside its boundaries has completely shut down. As the day progresses, it becomes apparent the sole characteristic linking the missing 14 million is their Hispanic heritage. Special features: the making-of 'A day without a Mexican'; filmmaker commentary; music video "Frijoleros" by Molatov; outtakes; music video "Sin decir adios" by Los Yoguis; the original short that inspired the film; original theatrical trailers & TV spots. Based on "A day without a Mexican, a mockumentary" by Yarelli Arizmendi and Sergio Arau. 95 min. DVD 3148
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Marambio, John L.; Tew, Chad. "Clash in Paradise: A Fantasy Theme Analysis of A Day Without a Mexican." The Journal of American Culture. Dec 2006. Vol. 29, Iss. 4; p. 475 (18 pages) UC users only

The Deserter (Desertir) (Soviet Union, 1933)
Directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin. A German shipyard laborer joins a worker's strike in defiance of a corrupt union and regardless of the company's violent reprisals. Starved, beaten and discouraged, he is sent in an envoy to the USSR and is rejuvenated by the spirit of cooperation and optimism of the idyllic workers' state. 100 min. DVD 8554; vhs 999:1690
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The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
Directed by Sam Wood. Cast: Jean Arthur, Robert Cummings, Charles Coburn, Edmund Gwenn, S. Z. Sakall, Spring Byington. J.P. Merric, the richest man in the world, a tyrannical department store tycoon, nicknamed "the devil" by his maltreated employees, meets Miss Jones and becomes a perfect angel. Hoping to root out labor discontent, J.P. goes underground posing as a shoe salesman in his own store. 92 min. vhs 999:3609
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Rogin, Michael. "How the Working Class Saved Capitalism: The New Labor History and the Devil and Miss Jones." Journal of American History, Jun2002, Vol. 89 Issue 1, p87-114, 28p UC users only
Moran, Kathleen. "Afterward." (comments on article by M. Rogin) Journal of American History; Jun2002, Vol. 89 Issue 1, p115-118, 4p, UC users only

The Devil Wears Prada(2006)
Directed by David Frankel. Cast: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker, Emily Blunt, Adrian Grenier. Miranda, editor of "Runway" magazine, is a terror to everyone around her. Her first assistant strives to please her, but can't quite pull it off. Enter Andy, a young woman who knows nothing of the fashion industry and has never read the magazine. Nonetheless, Miranda, hires her as second assistant. When Miranda demands that she obtain the next unpublished Harry Potter manuscript, it forces Andy to dig it up in order to please her boss. With the help of one of the magazine's fashion editors, she gets a complete makeover and new security, and as she is whisked away to Paris with Miranda, Andy faces all of the glamor that could be hers and is forced to make the decision of where she wants to be in her life. Special features: Deleted scenes; commentary by director David Frankel, producer Wendy Finerman, costume designer, Patricia Field, screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna, editor Mark Livolsi and director of photography, Florian Balhaus; "A trip to the big screen" featurette. 110 min. DVD 7488
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Directed by Barry Levinson. Cast: Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, Donald Sutherland, Caroline Goodall, Roma Maffia, Dylan Baker. When an executive in a large company resists the advances of his new boss who is also a former love, she charges him with sexual harassment. Suddenly his marriage and his career are at risk, and his struggle to extricate himself leads to the exposure of an executive conspiracy. 129 min. vhs 999:3862
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Boozer, Jack. "Eroticized Success Mastry and Repetition Compulsion." In: Career Movies : American Business and the Success Mystique Austin : University of Texas Press, 2002. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.B87 B66 2002)

The Efficiency Expert (Spotswood)(Australia, 1992)
Directed by Mark Joffe. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Ben Mendelsohn, Alwyn Kurtz, John Walton, Tony Collete, Russell Crowe, Daniel Willie. The Ball's Moccasins company is cash poor, but efficiency expert Erroll Wallace has come to rescue the eccentric family-run enterprise. With his charts, stopwatch and clipboard at the ready, Wallace aimes to streamline this, and maximize that, but can a bunch of cuckoos run a factory like clockwork? 97 min. DVD X230; vhs 999:3167
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Entry Level(2007)
Directed by Douglas Horn. Cast: D.B. Sweeney, Missi Pyle, Cedric Yarbrough, Lisa Ann Walter, Steve Ryan, Taylor Negron, Kurtwood Smith, Dan Southworth. After losing his restaurant, chef Clay Maguire must start all over at the bottom. Pushing forty with no other skills, Clay enters the strange world of the Unemployable Interviewees of America. He soon meets others who share his plight; Liz who traveled in the Peace Corp; Bob who was a manufacturing engineer and at 64 is too old to get hired elsewhere; and Charlie, who's job as a corporate hiring manager is so miserable that he only hires interviewees he hates because working at his company should be a form of punishment. Clay and his fellow job-seekers strive for dignity, success, or at least a job taking customer service calls from prison inmates for minimum wage. Special features: "Full disclosure:" an Award-winning short film by writer/director Douglas Horn. 85 min. DVD X878
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Female (1933)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Lois Wilson, Johnny Mack Brown, Ruth Donnelly. In director Michael Curtiz's romantic comedy Female, Ruth Chatterton plays Alison Drake, the iron-fisted president of a motorcar company. Alison oversees the daily operations of her male employees with a predatory gaze and frequently exercises her right to engage with them in any way she deems fit. She meets her match in an equally strong-minded new employee, Jim Thorne (George Brent), and the two engage in a smoldering, contentious, sexually charged duel. The action of the film--one of the first to depict a female character turning a man's world to her advantage--feeds on the novelty of presenting a woman as a corporate shark and bedroom hound. Though it's obvious the filmmakers thought they were creating a scenario that would never actually happen, Alison's world-smashing exploits make the bulk of the film (before she begins to question her nontraditional lifestyle) a protofeminist romp. Brent and Chatterton were married at the time they made the film, and the natural chemistry between them is abundantly evident. Curtiz packs the screen with extravagant set design and period detail. 60 min. DVD 9397
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F. I. S. T. (FIST) (1978)
Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Rod Steiger, Peter Boyle, Melinda Dillon. Closely paralleling history, this film recounts the rise and fall of union leader Johnny Kovak from his beginnings as an idealistic blue collar worker to head of the Federation of Inter-State Truckers. To achieve his dream of justice for the working man, Kovak must accept the muscle of organized crime. Untimately, it is a story of idealism corrupted and betrayed. 145 min. DVD 6236
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Zieger, Gay P. and Zieger, Robert H. "Unions On The Silver Screen: A Review-Essay On F.I.S.T., Blue Collar, And Norma Rae." Labor History 1982 23(1): 67-78. UC users only

Flame in the Streets (UK, 1961)
Directed by Roy Baker. Cast: John Mills, Sylvia Syms, Brenda de Banzie, Earl Cameron. A union boss in a large firm in England is forced to confront the prejudices of his members when they threaten to strike over the appointment of a black foreman. The issue is complicated further when his daughter tells him she has fallen in love with a Jamaican. Based on the play "Hot summer night" by Ted Willis. 90 min. DVD X6534
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The Garment Jungle (1957)
Directed by Vincent Sherman; Robert Aldrich (uncredited). Cast: Lee J. Cobb, Kerwin Mathews, Gia Scala, Richard Boone, Valerie French, Robert Loggia. On the mean streets of the garment district in New York City, Alan Mitchell discovers that the dress business owned by his father is being controlled by the mob. 88 min. DVD X2890
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Silver, Alain. "The Gangster According to Aldrich." : In: The gangster film reader / edited by Alain Silver and James Ursini. Pompton Plains, N.J. : Limelight, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.G3 G36 2007)

Germinal (France, 1993)
Directed by Claude Berri. Cast: Miou-Miou, Renaud, Jean Carmet, Judith Henry, Jean-Roger Milo, Gérard Depardieu, Laurent Terzieff, Bernard Fresson, Jean-Pierre Bisson, Jacques Dacqmine, Anny Duperey. Recreates the gut-wrenching poverty and intense struggles of striking French coal-miners in 1884 at the Voreux mines through the bitter toils of Maheu and his family and Etienne, an organizer for the miner's new union. As conditions in the mines worsen, Etienne convinces Maheu to organize a a miner's strike but when the miners finally do strike the owners send in armed soldiers to defend the mines. Based on a novel by Emile Zola. 166 min. DVD X5621; vhs 999:3286
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Giving Care (2008)
Directed by Clarissa de los Reyes. Cast: Banaue Miclat, Arthur Acuña, Roger Batasta. In this short drama an undocumented caregiver must choose between going home to the Phillipines to attend her father's funeral or continue in her role as the one that everyone depends on. 11 min. DVD X2234

Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Directed by John Ford. Cast: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin. The migration of the Joad family to California from their dust-bowl farm in Oklahoma during the Great Depression. c1987. 100 min. DVD 2434; vhs 999:508
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Awards & Honors

Academy Award - Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director
National Film Registry Selection

Green Card (Kenya, 2004)
Directed by Brutus Sirucha. Cast: Sam Khiu, Frederick Indimuli, Asha Khamisi, Sharon Keino. Robert and William are university graduates in computer engineering and marketing respectively. Their search for a well paying job has yielded nothing. In the meantime they work as casuals at a savings SACCO, where they come up with an idea to raise funds so that they can pay for green card applications through an agent. This is a Kenyan example of the straight-to-video production model. 75 min. DVD 9455

Gung Ho (1986)
Directed by Ron Howard. Cast: Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt, Mimi Rogers, John Turturro. A young American auto exec persuades a Japanese auto firm to reopen his home town's defunct auto factory, but when the Japanese hire him to enforce their policies among his American co-workers, he goes from hero to zero in seconds flat. 112 min. DVD 1772
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Haiku Tunnel (2001)
Directors, Jacob Kornbluth, Josh Kornbluth. Cast: Josh Kornbluth, Warren Keith, Helen Shumaker, Amy Resnick, Brian Thorstenson, June Lomena, Sarah Overman. When young, commitment phobic Josh goes from "temp" to a permanent position at a San Francisco law firm, his happy, unstructured life begins to unravel. Soon, an unforgettable interoffice adventure begins involving the ice queen manager, a dangerous armed guard, a sexy criminal lawyer and seventeen seemingly unmailable letters. 90 min. DVD 1311
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The Help (2011)
Directed by Tate Taylor. Cast: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel, Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly, Mary Steenburgen. In 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives, and a small Mississippi town, upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up, to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett. 146 min.DVD X6800
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Hoffa (1992)
Directed by Danny DeVito. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Armand Assante, J.T. Walsh, Robert Prosky. Traces Jimmy Hoffa's turbulent career from 1935, when he first solicits truck drivers to join the fledgling International Brotherhood of Teamsters, to his disappearance in 1975. The film traces Hoffa's passionate struggle to shape the nation's most influential labor union, his relationship with the mob, and his subsequent conviction and prison term at the hand of Robert Kennedy. 137 min. DVD 6238
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Arthur, Paul. "Hoffa." Cineaste, Mar1993, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p81 UC users only
Brewer, Gaylord. "Hoffa and The Untouchables: Mamet's Brutal Orders of Authority." Literature Film Quarterly; 2000, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p28, 6pUC users only
Bryant, Simon. "Hoffa." The American Historical Review. Oct 1993. Vol. 98, Iss. 4; p. 1184 (3 pages) UC users only
Leyland, Matthew. "Hoffa" Sight & Sound, Dec2004, Vol. 14 Issue 12, p78-78
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Pawelczac, Andy. "Hoffa." Films in Review, Mar/Apr93, Vol. 44 Issue 3/4, p129, 3p UC users only
Wilentz, Sean. "Tales of Hoffa." New Republic, 2/1/93, Vol. 208 Issue 5, p53-60, 7p UC users only

How Green Was My Valley (1967)
Directed by John Ford. Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Anna Lee, Donald Crisp, Roddy McDowall, John Loder, Sara Allgood, Barry Fitzgerald, Patric Knowles. A man looks back on his life as a boy in a small Welsh mining town. His reminiscences reveal the disintegration of his closely knit family, while capturing the sentiments and issues of their time. 119 min. DVD 306
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Academy Awards - Best Picture; Best Director; Best Supporting Actor (Donald Crisp)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Director
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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)
Directed by David Swift. Cast: Robert Morse, Michele Lee, Rudy Vallee, Anthony Teague, Maureen Arthur. A musical comedy that follows J. Pierpont Finch as he makes a meteoric rise from mailroom to junior executive, captures the heart of a pretty office worker and the admiring eye of the president -- all in the morning of his second day at work. It's only a matter of hours 'til his sights are set on the company boardroom. 121 min. DVD 568
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I Was Born, But-- (Shochiku) (Japan, 1932)
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu. Cast: Hayami, Seichi Kato, Shoichi Kofujita. A young father's promotion brings his family to his boss's neighborhood in the suburbs. But it is less rewarding to his sons who are bullied by neighborhood ruffians including the boss's son and feel humiliated by their father's public submission to his boss. 89 min. DVD 9595; vhs 999:2954
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Phillips, Alastair. "The Salaryman's Panic Time: Ozu Yasujiro's I Was Born, But... (1932)." In: Japanese cinema : texts and contexts / edited by Alastair Phillips and Julian Stringer. London ; New York : Routledge, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1993.5.J3 J27 2007)

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I'm All Right, Jack (UK, 1959)
Directed by John Boulting. Cast: Peter Sellers, Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Richard Attenborough, Margaret Rutherford, Dennis Price. Peter Sellers stars as tragic-comic socialist shop steward Fred Kite in this class struggle comedy; Ian Carmichael is the upperclass twit hired as a common worker at his wealthy uncle's missile factory, who becomes the unwitting pawn of both the corrupt management and the union, provoking a national strike. From the novel of the same name by Alan Hackney. 105 min. DVD X4609
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Richards, Jeffrey H. "Vicious Circles: I'm All Right Jack." In: Best of British : cinema and society, 1930-1970 / Jeffrey Richards and Anthony Aldgate. Oxford, England : B. Blackwell, 1983. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G7 R48 1983)
Rolinson, Dave. "'If they want culture, they pay': consumerism and alienation in 1950s comedies." In: British cinema of the 1950s : a celebration / edited by Ian MacKillop and Neil Sinyard. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York, NY, USA : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G7 M263 2003)
Stead, Peter. "I'm All Right, Jack." In: The movies as history : visions of the twentieth century / edited by David Ellwood. Stroud : Sutton, 2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.2 .M68 2000)
Stead, Peter. "I'm All Right, Jack." History Today, Jan96, Vol. 46 Issue 1, p49, 6p UC users only

Kameradschaft (Comradeship) (Germany, 1931)
Director, G.W. Pabst. Based on an actual incident in which German miners crossed the border to go to the assistance of French miners trapped by an explosion. 90 min. vhs 999:151
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Berman, Russell A. "A Solidarity of Repression: Kameradschaft." In: The Films of G. W. Pabst: An Extraterritorial Cinema / edited by Eric Rentschler. pp: 116-24. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, c1990.(Main Stack PN1998.3.P34.F5 1990; Moffitt PN1998.3.P34.F5 1990)

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Killer of Sheep (1977)
Directed, written, produced by Charles Burnett. Cast: Henry Gayle Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy, Angela Burnett, Eugene Cherry, Jack Drummond. This gripping portrait of Stan, a Black man employed in a Los Angeles slaughterhouse, is internationally regarded as a film classic. Stan's grueling work--gutting and cleaning the sheep carcasses--infects his entire life, including his relationships with his wife, children and friends. The film hauntingly evokes the physical detail and bittersweet emotions of working class life with compassion and honesty. Declared a National Treasure in 1990. Bonus features on DVD 8738: Charles Burnett's acclaimed short films, Several friends (1969), The horse (1973), and When it rains (1995) ; Killer of Sheep commentary track with Charles Burnett and Richard Pena, Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. 79 min. DVD 8738; also DVD 6940; vhs 999:1729
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National Film Registry Selection

The Killing Floor. (TV, 1985)
Directed by Bill Duke. Cast: Damien Leake, Alfre Woodard, Clarence Felder, Moses Gunn. This story tells of events that led to the Chicago race riots of 1919. A young black sharecropper leaves the South during World War I and becomes a laborer in the Chicago stockyards, and, along with other little-known stockyard workers of different ethnic backgrounds, he attempts to form an interracial industrial union in the face of growing conflict. Originally produced as motion picture in 1985 for American Playhouse television program. 118 min. vhs 999:1178
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Little Church Around the Corner(1923)
Directed by William A. Seiter. Cast: Claire Windsor, Kenneth Harlan, Hobart Bosworth. A minister accepts a position in a wealthy church in hopes of persuading a mine owner to improve the miners' condictions. When an explosion in the mine traps the owner and his daughter, the minister rescues them and faces the angry miners. Film is notable as the first major financial success for the fledgling Warner Bros. Studios. Based on the play, Little church around the corner, by Marion Russell. 67 min. DVD X6112
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Made in Degenham (UK, 2010)
Directed by Nigel Cole. Cast: Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James, Rosamund Pike, Andrea Riseborough, Daniel Mays, Jaime Winstone, Lorraine Stanley. Dramatizes the true story of Rita O'Grady who became the leader of a strike by the women of the Ford plant in Dagenham, England for pay equal to their male counterparts. Their 1968 strike played a major role in the battle for equal pay, both nationally and internationally. 104 min. DVD X5698
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Maid in Manhattan (2002)
Directed by Wayne Wang. Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Stanley Tucci, Tyler Garcia Posey, Frances Conroy, Chris Eigeman, Amy Sedaris, Bob Hoskins. A struggling single mom takes a job as a chambermaid at a luxury hotel in New York. She meets and falls in love with a sauve and sophisticated heir to an American political dynasty, who mistakes her for a society woman. When her real identity is revealed, the reality about their seperate lives sets in. 105 min. DVD 2885
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Negra, Diane. "Structural Integrity, Historical Reversion, And The Post-9/11 Chick Flick." Feminist Media Studies; Mar2008, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p51-68, 18p UC users only
Leyland, Matthew. "Maid hitin Manhattan." Sight and Sound 13:3 (March 2003) p. 52-53UC users only
Wade, Kevin. "Maid in Manhattan." Human Events; 12/16/2002, Vol. 58 Issue 46, p22UC users only

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)
Directed by Nunnally Johnson. Cast: Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones, Fredric March, Gene Lockhart, Marisa Pavan, Lee J. Cobb, Ann Harding, Keenan Wynn. An veteran of World War II (still haunted by its memories) gets a job in a public relations firm. With added tension at work and increasing personal problems, the rising young executive must decide as his boss did--what is the most important thing in life, family or success? This exceptional drama, acclaimed for its extraordinary realism is a classic commentary on the American Dream. 153 min. DVD 4690; vhs 999:222
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Boozer, Jack. "The Classical Corporate Executive Film." In: Career Movies : American Business and the Success Mystique Austin : University of Texas Press, 2002. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.B87 B66 2002)
Cheever, Abigail. "'The Man He Almost Is': Performativity and the Corporate Narrative." In: Real phonies : cultures of authenticity in post-World War II America / Abigail Cheever. Athens : University of Georgia Press, c2010. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PS228.S36 C47 2010)
Lopate, Phillip. "Hollywood Looks At The Business Office." New Labor Forum. New York: Dec 31, 2001. , Iss. 9; pg. 79 UC users only
Sharrett, Christopher. "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit." Cineaste; Spring2006, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p66-68, 3p UC users only
Rosenberg, Emily S. "`Foreign Affairs' after World War II: Connecting sexual and international politics." Diplomatic History; Winter94, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p59, 12pUC users only
Sharrett, Christopher. "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit." Cineaste; Spring2006, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p66-68, 3p UC users only
Spector, Bert. "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit in The Executive Suite: American Corporate Movies in the 1950's Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings, 2007, p1-6, 6p UC users only
Rosenberg, Emily S. "'Foreign Affairs' after World War II: Connecting sexual and international politics." Diplomatic History; Winter94, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p59, 12pUC users only

Man of Iron (Czlowiek z Zelaza) (Poland, 1957)
Directed by Andrzej Wajda. Cast: Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Krystyna Janda, Marian Opania, Wieslawa Kosmalska, Irena Bynska, Boguslaw Linda ; with Lech Walesa, Anna Walentynowicz. The Polish Solidarity strike takes place at the Gdansk shipyard in the summer of 1980. When an alcoholic TV journalist is ordered to smear one of Solidarity's key figures, coined the "man of iron," instead of finding evidence against him he finds himself re-politicized and in support of the independent trade-union movement. 140 min. DVD X4369; vhs 999:2321
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Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or; Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
London Critics Circle Film Awards - Foreign Language Film of the Year; Director of the Year

Man of Marble (Czlowiek z Marmuru) (Poland, 1977)
Directed by Andrzej Wajda. Cast: Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Krystyna Janda, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Jacek Lomnicki, Michal Tarkowski, Piotr Cieslak, Wieslaw Wojcik, Krystyna Zachwatowicz, Magda Teresa Wojcik. The Polish Solidarity strike takes place at the Gdanskshipyard in the summer of 1980. A television journalist is ordered to smear one of Solidarity's key figures, a bricklayer coined the "Man of Marble." 160 min. DVD 2092; vhs 999:1053
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Directed by John Sayles. Cast: Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham. Based on true events, a labor leader seeking to organize the workers of a company town sets off a powderkeg of racial hostility, corruption and betrayal in this dramatic retelling of the bitter clash between unionist miners and the tyrannical coal company owners in West Virginia in the 1920's. 100 min. DVD 3720; vhs 999:508
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Metropolis (1926)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Screenplay, Thea von Harbou; Special effects, Eugen Schufftan; hotography, Karl Freund, Gunther Rittau . Cast: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustave Frolhich, Rudolph Klein-Rogge, Heinrich Georg. The story of a 21st century city run by a "super trustee" and his collaborators who live in a paradise-like garden. Workers are totally enslaved by machines and condemned to live underground. In the midst of this misery, a young woman, Maria, arises and attempts to inspire the workers to throw off their oppressors.
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DVD X4953 The Complete Metropolis Special features: original 1927 score by Gottfried Huppertz, performed by the Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Berlin conducted by Frank Strobel, and presented in 5.1 stereo surround ; "Voyage to Metropolis," a 50-minute documentary on the making and restoration of the film ; interview with Paula Felix-Didier, curator of the Museo del Cine, Buenos Aires, where the missing footage was discovered ; 2010 re-release trailer. 2 videodiscs (148 min.)

DVD 1574 Restored authorized ed., digitally remastered by Kino. Restored under the supervision of the Murnau Foundation and with the original 1927 orchestral score by Gottfried Huppertz. Plus special features, 43 min. documentary, audio commentary. Special features: 43 min. documentary: The making of Metropolis by Enno Patalas; featurette of the digital restoration; photo galleries featuring production stills, missing scenes, architectural sketches, poster artwork ; cast and crew biographies; Audio commentary in English. 124 min.

vhs 999:512 (Kino - restored version) 90 min.

vhs 999:513 Reconstructed and adapted" videocassette release, re-edited with color and music by Giorgio Moroder. 107 min.

Lang, Fritz. Metropolis; a film by Fritz Lang. London, Lorrimer Pub. [1973] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.M436 L3 1973)

Modern Times (1936)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Stanley Sandford, Chester Conklin, Hank Mann, Allan Garcia, Stanley Blystone, Dick Alexander, Cecil Reynolds, Myra McKinney. The Little Tramp is an oppressed assembly-line factory worker who is used as a guinea pig for his employer's test of a new "Automatic Feeding Machine". He battles it out with technology, unemployment, jail, burglars, demanding customers and bosses. In the midst of his tribulations, he meets up with the girl of his dreams, "The Gamin". They win some and lose more but, at the end, they walk undaunted into the sunrise. 103 min. DVD 195; vhs 999:47
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National Film Registry Selection

The Molly Maguires (1970)
Directed by Martin Ritt. Cast: Richard Harris, Sean Connery, Samantha Eggar, Frank Finlay, Anthony Zerbe, Bethel Leslie, Art Lund. James McParlan is an operative working for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, who is hired by a major coal company to infiltrate and expose an underground terrorist organization, the "Molly Maguires". The Mollies operate within the improverished mining communities of Pennsylvania and are mostly Irish emigrants. McParlan is selected to infiltrate the organization to pose as a new member, but it quickly becomes apparent that the working conditions are truly wretched. The lawman's loyalties become divided between the law and his fellow countrymen. 123 min. DVD 8445
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Miller, Gabriel. The films of Martin Ritt : fanfare for the common man Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2000. (MAIN: PN1998.3.R578 M55 2000)
Noon, Mark A. "Martin Ritt Takes On the Molly Maguires." Pennsylvania Heritage, Dec2001, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p12-21, 10p
Ritt, Martin. Martin Ritt : interviews Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2002. (MAIN: PN1998.3.R578 A5 2002)
Whitaker, Sheila. The films of Martin Ritt. [London], British Film Institute, 1972. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 R5371; Storage Info: C 2 842 991)
Wilson, Margaret Gibbons. "In Search of History: The True Story of the Molly Maguires." Labor Studies Journal; Summer2004, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p109-10 UC users only

Mondays in the Sun (Los lunes al sol) (Spain / France / Italy, 2002)
Directed by Fernando León de Aranoa. Cast: Javier Bardem, Luis Tosar, José Angel Egido, Nieve de Medina, Enrique Villén, Celso Bugallo, Joaquín Climent, Aída Folch, Serge Riaboukine. Follows five unemployed shipyard workers on the coast of Spain. Led by the cocky Santa, the men may be down on their luck but still encourage each other to search for work, love and the strength to hope for better days. 113 min. DVD X667
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La nana (The Maid) (Chile | Mexico, 2009)
Directed by Sebastián Silva. Cast: Catalina Saavedra, Claudia Celedón, Mariana Loyola, Andrea García-Huidobro, Alejandro Goic, Agustín Silva. Raquel has worked as a housemaid for an upper-class Santiago, Chile, family for 23 years. On Raquel's 41st birthday, Pilar Valdez and family force the sullen, withdrawn maid to emerge from her kitchen sanctum and join the family for a celebration, but her discomfort is as strong as the family's need to acknowledge their awkward dependence on her. Raquel becomes unable to care for the house alone and new help is hired, which throws her into a jealous frenzy. The home soon becomes the stage for Raquel's darkly comedic tricks as she drives away anyone trying to take her place. 94 min. DVD X3886
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The Navigators (UK / Germany / Spain, 2001)
Directed by Ken Loach. Cast: Dean Andrews, Tom Craig, Joe Duttine, Sean Glenn, Steve Huison, Venn Tracey, John Aston, Juliet Bates, Charlie Brown. In South Yorkshire, as big business takes hold of the British Rail industry, a local depot gang is forced to either adapt to the new managerial double-talk or take chances with receiving severance pay. Agreements set long ago are suddenly undermined by a new managing director who wipes the slate clean. Tensions mount when the men show up at the depot only to find there is no work for them. 95 min. DVD 5675
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9 to 5 (Nine to Five) (1980)
Directed by Colin Higgins. Cast: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman, Elizabeth Wilson, Sterling Hayden. Three female office workers combine forces to kidnap their deceitful, egotistical, and thoroughly chauvinistic boss and raise office efficiency to an all-time high during his absence. 110 min. DVD 949
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Barger, Lilian Calles. "Backlash: From Nine To Five to The Devil Wears Prada." Women's Studies, Apr/May2011, Vol. 40 Issue 3, p336-350, 15p UC users only
Baron, James R. "(Nine) 9 to 5" as Aristophanic comedy.Detail Only Available Bucknell Review, 1991, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p232-250, 19p
Slavitz, Ellen. "Pink-Collar Guerillas." Sojourner: The Women's Forum, Jan1981, Vol. 6 Issue 5, p24-29, 2p
Sohn, Ira. "Sexism and Class Oppression." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 27, pp. 71, 1982 July

Norma Rae (1979)
Directed by Martin Ritt. Cast: Sally Field, Ron Leibman, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle, Barbara Baxley. In an Oscar winning performance, Sally Field is unforgettable as Norma Rae, the Southern millworker who revolutionizes a small town and discovers a power in herself she never knew she had. Under the guidance of a New York unionizer and with increasing courage and determination, Norma Rae organizes her fellow factory workers to fight for better conditions and wages. Based on a true story, Norma Rae is the mesmerizing tale of a modern day heroine. Special DVD features (27 min.): "Backstory : 'Norma Rae'" featurette (24 min.); original theatrical trailer. 114 min. DVD X2903
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Academy Award - Best Actress (Sally Field)
Cannes Film Festival - Best Actress (Sally Field)
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture Actress, Drama (Sally Field)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress (Sally Field)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actress (Sally Field)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actress (Sally Field)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Sally Field)

Adams, Michael. "How Come Everybody Down Here Has Three Names?": Martin Ritt's Southern Films." Southern Quarterly; Apr1981, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p143-155, 13p
Giroux, Henry A. "Norma Rae: Character, Culture and Class." Jump Cut, vol. 22, no. May, pp. 7, 1 1980
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Nathan, Robert; Mort, Jo-Ann "Remembering Norma Rae." Nation. 3/12/2007, Vol. 284 Issue 10, p16-20. 3p. UC users only
Taylor, Vicki Fairbanks; Provitera, Michael J. "Teaching Labor Relations With Norma Rae." Journal of Management Education. Oct2011, Vol. 35 Issue 5, p749-766. 18p. UC users only
Toplin, Robert Brent. "Norma Rae: Unionism in an Age of Feminism." Labor History 1995 36(2): 282-298 17p. UC users only
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Whitaker, Sheila. The films of Martin Ritt. [London], British Film Institute, 1972. (NRLF (UCB) PN1998.A3 R5371)
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Ravetch, Irving. Hud ; Norma Rae ; and, The long, hot summer : three screenplays / by Irving Ravetch and Harriet Fran (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3568.A835 H841 1988)

North Country (2005)
Directed by Niki Caro. Cast: Charlize Theron, Elle Peterson, Thomas Curtis, Frances McDormand, Sean Bean, Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Renner, Richard Jenkins, Sissy Spacek. Josey Aimes needs a job and goes to work at a Minnesota steel mine after splitting with her violent husband. But the job proves to be almost as harrowing as her marriage. The male miners are resentful of women taking their jobs, so the men verbally abuse and play humiliating pranks on the female miners. After being physically assaulted by a coworker, Josey tries to fight against the harassment, but none of the other women will join her case for fear that things will only get worse. A dramatization of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the U.S. - Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won a landmark 1984 lawsuit. 123 min. DVD 5207
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Blake, Richard A. "Beneath the Surface." America; 11/21/2005, Vol. 193 Issue 16, p19-20, 2pUC users only
Garcia, Ruben J. "From North To South Country: Race, Gender, Immigration, and the Role Of Unions in the Sanitized Workplace." Thomas Jefferson Law Review, Fall2006, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p55-64, 10p UC users only
Lane, Anthony. "Troublemakers." New Yorker; 10/31/2005, Vol. 81 Issue 34, p94-95, 2pUC users only Lane, Anthony. "Troublemakers." New Yorker; 10/31/2005, Spencer, Liese. "North Country." Sight and Sound 16:3 (March 2006) p. 70-71UC users only

The Office: The Complete First Series (UK, TV, 2001)
Cast: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis, Stirling Gallacher, Oliver Chris. The complete first season of a British television comedy set in a paper company located in a suburb of London. Meet the staff: David, a petty, pathetic little man who is worse than your boss. David's yes-man is Gareth, who is extremely irratating. Tim is the apathetic sales rep, who can be quite witty. Dawn, the lovely receptionist, is far more endearing than your back-sassying secretary. Work is a pain, but one man's misery is another man's entertainment. 210 min. DVD 2323
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The Office (The Complete Second Series, UK, TV, 2002)
Cast: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis, Patrick Baladi, Stacey Roca. The complete second season of a British television comedy set in a paper company located in a suburb of London. The show revolves around David Brent, the oblivious general manager who instigates petty office Originally broadcast by the BBC in 2002. 180 min. DVD 2628
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The Office(US TV)
Cast: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak. Based on the popular British series of the same name, the American version follows the daily interactions of a group of idiosyncratic office employees at the Scranton, Pa. office of the Dunder Mifflin paper supply company via a documentary film crew's cameras. Features earnest, but clueless, regional manager Michael Scott, who believes himself an exceptional boss, and his office staff, who tolerate Michael's inappropriate behavior only because he signs their paychecks.
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Season One. Pilot -- Diversity Day -- Health care -- The alliance -- Basketball -- Hot girl. Originally broadcast on television on NBC in 2005. 135 min. DVD X536

Season Two. Disc 1: The Dundies ; Sexual harassment ; Office Olympics ; The fire ; Halloween ; The fight -- Disc 2: The client ; Performance review ; Email surveillance ; Christmas party ; Booze cruise ; The injury -- Disc 3: The secret ; The carpet ; Boys and girls ; Valentine's day ; Dwight's speech ; Take your daughter to work day -- Disc 4: Michael's birthday ; Drug testing ; Conflict resolution ; Casino night. Special features: Deleted scenes; "Faces of Scranton"; fake PSAs; webisodes from the accountants; blooper reel; Olympic promos; Steve on Steve; episode commentaries with actors, writers and producers: "The Dundies", "Sexual harassment", "The client", "Performance review", "Christmas party", "Booze cruise", "The secret", "Valetine's Day", "Drug testing", "Casino night." Originally broadcast on television during the 2005-2006 season. 477 min. DVD X537

Season Three. Disc 1: Gay witch hunt ; The convention ; The coup ; Grief counseling ; Initiation ; Diwali ; Branch closing -- Disc 2: The merger ; The convict ; A Benihana Christmas ; Back from vacation -- Disc 3: Traveling salesmen ; The return ; Ben Franklin ; Phyllis' wedding ; Business school ; Cocktails ; The negotiation -- Disc 4: Safety training ; Product recall ; Women's appreciation ; Beach games ; The job. Special features: Deleted scenes ; episode commentaries ; excerpts from the 2006 NBC primetime preview hosted by the cast of 'The office' ; Toby wraparounds ; Dwight Schrute music video ; Joss Whedon interview ; videos from 'The office' "Make your own promo" contest ; blooper reel ; "Lazy Scranton" video ; excerpt from the 58th annual primetime Emmy awards ; Kevin cooks stuff in the office650 0Clerks. 574 min. DVD X538

Season Four. Disc 1. Fun run -- Dunder Mifflin Infinity -- Launch party. -- Disc 2. Money -- Local ad -- Branch wars -- Survivor man. -- Disc 3. The deposition -- Dinner party -- The chair model -- Night out. -- Disc 4. Did I stutter? -- Job fair -- Goodbye, Toby. Originally broadcast on NBC television during the 2007-2008 season. 405 min. DVD X530

The Office: Complete Series One & Two and The Special (UK, TV, 2001-2002)
Cast: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis, Patrick Baladi, Stacey Roca. The complete series (plus extensive special features) of a British television comedy set in a paper company located in a suburb of London; a hilarious, biting look at everyday office life. The special features : The office : closed for business documentary ; Golden globes featurette ; "If you don't know me by now" full song and video ; The making of "freelove freeway" ; director's commentary ; documentary: "How I made the office" ; Wernham Hogg News ; "Slough slang" ; the local lingo ; Wernham Hogg Personnel file ; character bios ; deleted scenes ; outtakes ; video diary. Originally broadcast by BBC2 in 2001-2002. 500 min. DVD 7923
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Office Space (1999)
Directed by Mike Judge. Cast: Ron Livingston, Stephen Root, Jennifer Aniston, Gary Cole. In this screwball comedy, an office drone decides that work sucks and actively tries to get fired. Instead, his "straight-shooting" attitude gets him promoted where he can play out his grand embezzling scheme, but can he pull it off before all corporate hell breaks loose? Special DVD features: "out of the office" all-new Office Space retrospective with writer/director Mike Judge; 8 never-before-seen deleted scenes ; original theatrical trailer. c1990. 90 min. DVD 9579; vhs 999:2844
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On the Waterfront (1954)
Directed by Elia Kazan. Cast: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, Eva Marie Saint. Mob-connected union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) rules the waterfront with an iron fist. The police know that he's been responsible for a number of murders, but witnesses play deaf and dumb ("plead D & D"). Washed-up boxer Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) has had an errand-boy job because of the influence of his brother Charley, a crooked union lawyer (Rod Steiger). Witnessing one of Friendly's rub-outs, Terry is willing to keep his mouth shut until he meets the dead dockworker's sister Edie (Eva Marie Saint). "Waterfront priest" Father Barry (Karl Malden) tells Terry that Edie's brother was killed because he was going to testify against boss Friendly before the crime commission. Because he could have intervened, but didn't, Terry feels somewhat responsible for the death. When Father Barry receives a beating from Friendly's goons, Terry is persuaded to cooperate with the commission. [description from All-Media Guide]c1985. 108 min. DVD 899; vhs 999:18
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Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama; Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director
Venice Film Festival - Silver Lion; Italian Film Critics Award

Schulberg, Budd. On the waterfront : a screenplay / by Budd Schulberg ; afterword by Budd Schulberg. Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1980 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .O43 1980)

Our Daily Bread (1934)
Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Tom Keene, Karen Morley, Barbara Pepper, Addison Richards. Depression movie about a collective farm and its development as a rural community of the unemployed. The unemployed portrayed include a jobless city couple, a Swedish farmer and his family, and other victims of the industrial-financial collapse. 1984. 100 min. DVD 691; vhs 999:65
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Directed by John Jeffcoat. Cast: Josh Hamilton, Ayesha Dharker, Asif Basra, Matt Smith, Larry Pine. Todd Anderson gets the bad news from his boss: his job has been outsourced. Adding insult to injury, he must travel to India to train his own replacement. He expects the worst, and it certainly begins that way. The chaos of Mumbai assaults his senses, and his new office there is paralyzed by cultural misunderstandings. But as he gets to know his co-workers, Todd finds them impossible to dislike, including his friendly replacement Puro, and the beautiful, opinionated Asha. 103 min. DVD X155
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Bosley, Rachael K. "Cultural Immersion." American Cinematographer, September 2007, Vol. 88 Issue 9, p44-53, 9p UC users only
Hudson, Dale. "Undesirable Bodies and Desirable Labor: Documenting the Globalization and Digitization of Transnational American Dreams in Indian Call Centers." Cinema Journal; Fall2009, Vol. 49 Issue 1, p82-102, 21p UC users only

The Pajama Game (1957)
Directed by George Abbott and Stanley Donen. Cast: Doris Day, John Raitt, Carol Haney, Eddie Foy Jr., Reta Shaw, Barbara Nichols. Labor and management at the Sleeptite Pajama Factory aren't getting much sleep lately: a proposed 7 1/2 cent hourly wage increase is the reason--and a job action just may be the result. But not to worry: negotiating strategies here involve snappy stars, terrific tunes and dynamic dances, all part of one of the most infectiously joyful stage/screen musicals ever. 102 min. DVD 5723
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Anderson, Frank J. "The View from the River: Richard Bissell's Satirical Humor." Midwest Quarterly; Summer1964, Vol. 5 Issue 4, p311-322, 12p UC users only
Borda, Jennifer L. "Working-class Women, Protofeminist Performance, and Resistant Ruptures in the Movie Musical The Pajama Game." Text & Performance Quarterly, Jul2010, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p227-246, 20p UC users only
Casper, Joseph Andrew. Stanley Donen Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1983. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 D592 1983; MOFF: PN1998.A3 D592 1983)
Silverman, Stephen M. Dancing on the ceiling : Stanley Donen and his movies. New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996. (MAIN: PN1998.3.D65 S55 1996; MOFF: PN1998.3.D65 S55 1996)

Patterns (TV, 1955)
Directed by Fielder Cook. Cast: Cast: Ed Begley, Richard Kiley, Everett Sloane, Elizabeth Montgomery. In this television drama corporate politics gnaws away at a new employee as he watches a tender-hearted colleague berated and bullied by the company president. An adaptation by Rod Serling from his television play shown on January 12, 1955 on NBC's Kraft Television Theatre. 59 min. Video/C 9670
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Pay Day (1922)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Phyllis Allen, Mack Swain. Charlie is an expert bricklayer. He has lots of fun and work and enjoys himself greatly while at the saloon. As he leaves work his wife takes the pay he has hidden in his hat. But he steals her purse so he can go out for the evening. He has a terrible time getting home on a very rainy night. When he does so he finds his wife waiting for him with a rolling pin. 26 min.
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Pitfall (Otoshiana)(Japan, 1962)
Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara. Cast: Hisashi Igawa, Kunie Tanaka, Hideo Kanze, Kazuo Miyahara, Sumie Sasaki, Kanichi Omiya, Kei Sato, Sen Yano, Ton Shimada, Shigeru Matsuo, Kikuo Kaneuchi. When a miner leaves his employer and treks out with his young son to become a migrant worker, he finds himself moving from one eerie landscape to another, intermittently followed (and photographed) by an enigmatic man in a clean, white suit, and eventually coming face-to-face with his inescapable destiny. 97 min. DVD 9080
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The Proud Valley (UK, 1940)
Director, Pen Tennyson. Cast: Paul Robeson, Edward Chapman, Edward Rigby, Simon Lack, Janet Johnson, Rachel Thomas. Paul Robeson plays a sailor who comes to a Welsh coal mining town and helps re-open the mine at the cost of his life. Special features include a radio interview with Paul Robeson from 1958. 76 min. DVD 7283
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Ressources Humaines (France / UK, 1999)
Director, Laurent Cantet. Cast: Jalil Lespert, Jean-Claude Vallod, Didier Emile-Woldemard, Danielle Melador, Lucien Longueville. Frank's dad, a laborer, saved his whole life to give Frank a good education. Now back home with a college degree and a management job at his dad's company, Frank is torn between his old life and new responsibilities. Thinking he understands both sides, he gets in the middle of a union dispute that risks his reputation and his father's future. 100 min. DVD 1845 (English subtitles); vhs 999:3519 (no English subtitles)
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Roots of Blood (Raices de sangre) (Mexico / USA, 1979)
Director, Jesús Salvador Treviño. Director, Alfredo Ramos. Cast: Richard Yñiguez, Ernesto Gomez Cruz, Malena Doria, Pepe Serna. A dramatization of the Latino experience in America, chronicling the creation of an international union of garment workers in a Texas border town. A group of chicanos, known as "Barrio Unido", bravely struggle to bring to light instances of prejudice and brutality on the part of both exploitative businesses and the police. 137 min. DVD X1652
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Salt of the Earth (1954)
Directed by Herbert J. Biberman. A semidocumentary of the year-long struggle by Mexican-American zinc miners in New Mexico. When an injunction is issued against the workers, the wives take up the battle with a fury, leaving the husbands to care for home and children. 1987. 94 min. DVD 682; vhs 999:266
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A Crime to Fit the Punishment (documentary on the making of Salt of the Earth) Video/C 9289

Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Secretary (2002)
Directed by Steven Shainberg. Cast: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies, Patrick Bauchau, Stephen McHattie, Oz Perkins, Jessica Tuck, Amy Locane, Lesley Ann Warren. Lee Holloway has a few strikes against her when she applies for a secretarial position at the law office of E. Edward Grey. At first the work seems quite normal, but soon, in between typing, filing and coffee making, Lee and Mr. Grey embark on a more personal relationship and her role eventually turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one. Based on the story "Bad Behavior" by Mary Gaitskill. 111 min. DVD X7258
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Silkwood (1983)
Directed by Mike Nichols. Cast: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson, Diana Scarwid, Fred Ward, Ron Silver. Based on a true story. When Karen Silkwood becomes contaminated with plutonium at her job and voices her protest at the indifference and denial of her company, she becomes a threat to the entire nuclear industry and the government agencies that monitor it. 131 min. DVD 8913
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Ephron, Nora. Silkwood : [screenplay] / by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen. United States : [s.n.], 1982. (Pacific Film Archive PN1997.S544 E6 1982)
Rashke, Richard L. The killing of Karen Silkwood : the story behind the Kerr-McGee plutonium case / Richard Rashke. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1981 (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt KF228.S54 .R37)

Bonavoglia, Angela. "Silkwood." Cineaste, 1984, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p38-40, 3p
Hirsch, Linda. "Silkwood Omits Much." Sojourner: The Women's Forum, Feb1984, Vol. 9 Issue 6, p19-19,
"The Silkwood Mystery" Progressive, Feb84, Vol. 48 Issue 2, p38-38, 3/4p

Smoking Room (Spain, 2002)
Directed by Roger Gual and Julio D. Wallovits. Cast: Eduard Fernandez, Juan Diego, Antonio Dechent, Chete Lera. Ramirez, an employee of an American company in Spain, is collecting signatures to protest a smoking ban in the office. His colleagues agree with him, and their individualism, selfishness and cowardice surface. Special features (Disc 2): Making of, additional scenes, extra features ; story boards. 92 min. DVD 8635
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The Stars Look Down (UK, 1940)
Director, Carol Reed. Cast: Michael Redgrave, Margaret Lockwood, Emlyn Williams, Nancy Price, Allan Jeayes, Edwin Rigby, Linden Travers, Cecil Parker, Milton Rosmer. David Fenwick leaves his small mining town to take up his University scholarship. While at school, he is trapped into marriage by Jenny, the jilted girlfriend of the scheming Joe Gowlan. When Joe & Jenny resume their romance, the disillusioned Fenwick returns home where he becomes deeply involved in the miners labor dispute over safety in the pit. 110 min. DVD X3934
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Strike (Stachka) (1924)
Directed by Sergei Eisenstein. Performed by the First Workers' Theatre of Proletkult: Grigorii Aleksandrov, Maksim Shtraukh, Mikhail Gomorov, Y. Glizer, Ivan Kliukvin, Aleksandr Antonov. The first full-length feature project of pantheon Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, Strike is a government-commissioned celebration of the unrealized 1905 Bolshevik revolution. The story is set in motion by a series of outrages and humiliations perpetrated on the workers of a metalworks plant. The Czarist regime is unsympathetic to the workers, characteristically helping the plant owners to subjugate the hapless victims. Finally, the workers revolt, staging an all-out strike. Here is where Eisenstein's theory of "the montage of shocks" was given its first major workout. While the notion of juxtaposing short, separate images to heighten tension and excitement was not new, Eisenstein was the first to fully understand the value of using sudden-shock images (a bloody face, a fired weapon, a descending club) to make his dramatic and sociological points. Playing to mixed reviews and small audiences in Russia, Strike proved a success worldwide, assuring Eisenstein complete creative freedom on his next project, the immortal Potemkin. (Hal Erickson, All-Movie Guide). Special features on DVD X6404: Glumov's diary (original title: Dnevnik Glumova): Sergei Eisenstein's first film, a short made to be used in his stage production of Alexander Ostrovsky's "Enough stupidity in every wise man" (1923; 5 min.); "Eisentein and the revolutionary spirit": film historian Natacha Laurent discusses Eisenstein's work in the context of the Communist Revolution and contemporary Soviet filmmaking (2008; 37 min.). 80 min. DVD X6404 (restored); DVD 353; VHS 999:2100 (94 min., digitally mastered); VHS 999:695
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Subterra (Chile | Spain, 2003)
Directed by Marcelo Ferrari. Cast: Francisco Reyes, Paulina Gálvez, Ernesto Malbrán. The town of Lota, Chile, 1897 is the setting that reflects a history of human and social changes. In the depths of the biggest coal mine in the world, a grand rebellion develops in the heart of a man. While the aristocratic family of Cousiño Goyenechea dreams of progress, the coal miners awaken in their search for diginity. Based on the novel by Baldomero Lillo. 108 min. DVD X6080
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Swimming with Sharks (1994)
Directed by Jonathan Demme. Cast: Kevin Spacey, Frank Whaley, Michelle Forbes. Kevin Spacey stars as Buddy Ackerman, "the boss from hell" who reigns over an entry-level corporate job anyone would kill for. The ambitious Guy (Frank Whaley), Buddy's personal assistant, finds himself ducking everthing from insults to paperweights as he tries to satisfy Buddy's needs. But when those "needs" involve Guy's girlfriend, he snaps. In a wicked twist of personnel payback, Guy takes Buddy as his "personal hostage" for a hilarious executive-suite revenge that is every abused employee's dream come true! 101 min. DVD 5941
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Swing Shift (1984)
Directed by Jonathan Demme. Cast: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Christine Lahti, Fred Ward, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter. In this vivid look at the wartime conditions during WWII that stood society on its head, Kay Walsh and her neighbor, Hazel, go to work in a factory to help in the war effort. Kay Walsh had never held a wrench before but you're never too pretty to learn. 100 min. DVD 3143
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Take This Job and Shove It (1981)
Directed by Gus Trikonis. Cast: Robert Hays, Barbara Hershey, Art Carney, David Keith, Tim Thomerson. A man is sent to his home town to reorganize a failing brewery. His old buddies are reluctant to have him for their boss and he can't save them all from severe changes. When he does too good of a job at reorganizing, the owners decide to sell the brewery. 100 min. DVD 2412
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Telling Tales(UK, 1978)
Directed by Richard Woolley. Cast: Bridget Ashburn, Stephen Trafford, Patricia Donovan, James Woolley. "Telling tales is about the failing marriage of an industrialist and his wife, about the industrialist's wish to sell his company to a colleague, Paul Roberts, and about the terminally ill wife of Paul, Ingrid. It is also about the shop steward organizing a strike at Paul's factory that jeopardizes the deal with the industrialist, and about the wife of the shop steward, who happens to clean and cook for the industrialist. A network of intertwined tales told in different ways, and for very different motives, by the main protagonists." 90 min.
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10,000 Black Men Named George (2002)
Director, Robert Townsend. Cast: Andre Braugher, Karen Eyo, Charles S. Dutton, Mario Van Peebles, Ardon Bess, Carla Brothers, Kedar Brown, Amanda Brugel, Joel Gordon. A dramatization of the true story of the formation of the first black-controlled union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Asa Philip Randolph, a black journalist establishes a voice for the forgotten workers of the Pullman Rail Company, where all black porters were simply named "George", after George Pullman, the first person to employ emancipated slaves. 95 in. DVD 1850
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Thieves' Highway (1949)
Directed by Jules Dassin. Cast: Richard Conte, Valentina Cortesa, Lee J. Cobb, Barbara Lawrence, Jack Oakie, Millard Mitchell, Joseph Pevney, Morris Carnovsky, Tamara Shayne, Kasia Orzazewski, Norbert Schiller, Hope Emerson. Ex-G.I. Nick Garcos is a tyro trucker bent on satisfaction from the man responsible for crippling his father, a ruthless market operator by the name of Mike Figlia. But when Figlia gets wise to his plan, Nick finds himself in a web of treachery and heartbreak. Based on the novel: Thieves' market by A.I. Bezzerides. Special features: Optional audio commentary by film scholar Alain Silver; new video interview with director Jules Dassin (11 min.); original theatrical trailer. 94 min. DVD X2109
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They Drive by Night (1940)
Directed by Raoul Walsh. Cast: George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Gale Page, Alan Hale, Roscoe Karns. Paul Fabrini and his brother Joe are wildcat drivers-- men who buy their trucks on installment plans and then worry that loan sharks will repossess their trucks. As they drive their truck over rough California roads, night after night, their rough life gets even tougher when they get involved with murder and the mob. 94 min. DVD 3905; vhs 999:2532
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Everson, William K. "They Drive by Night"." Film History ; 15:3 (2003), p354-355, 2pUC users only
Lipsitz, George. "Rank and file fantasy in films of the forties." Jump Cut; December, 1976, Issue 12/13, p 24-27, 4p

Time Out (L'emploi du temps) (France, 2001)
Directed by Laurent Cantet. Cast: Aurélien Recoing, Karin Viard, Serge Livrozet. Tells the story of Vincent, a middle-class family man recently fired from his drab, middle-management job. Unable to tell his family about his firing, Vincent spends his workdays driving around the French countryside - "business trips" he tells his wife - keeping intact the reassuring routine of going to work and coming home to his wife and kids. As his family grows suspicious of his evasive behavior, Vincent is forced to spin a new tale, pretending to get a job working for the U.N. In a bid to keep the money coming in, he recruits old friends to invest in an imaginary emerging-markets investment scheme. Vincent also falls in with Jean-Michel, a black market dealer whose ignominious past serves as an ominous warning for Vincent's present course. Despite his efforts to maintain an undisturbed surface, Vincent's wife begins to suspect something amiss. 128 min. DVD X4383
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Tout va Bien (Italy / France, 1966)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Yves Montand, Jane Fonda, Vittorio Caprioli,Elizabeth Chauvin, Castel Casti, Eric Chartier, Louis Bugette, Yves Gabrieli, Pierre Duory. The story of a wildcat strike at a sausage factory in France, as witnessed by an American reporter and her has-been New Wave film director husband. Culminates in a free-range assault on consumer capitalism and ineffective leftists. A caustic critique of society, marriage, and revolution in post-1968 France. Special features: "Letter to Jane (1972)", Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin's postscript film to 'Tout va bien'; 1972 video interview excerpt with Jean-Luc Godard; new video interview with Jean-Pierre Gorin; includes a booklet including essays by film critics J. Hoberman and Kent Jones and Godard biographer Colin MacCabe and an excerpted interview with Gorin and Godard from 1972. 96 min. DVD 3549
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Trace of Stones (Spur der Steine)(1966)
Directed by Frank Beyer. The Party's construction foreman, loved and supported by his workers, is king of the building site. When the new Party Secretary and a young female engineer arrive, the foreman changes his view of life. The hero's swaggering pose is reminiscent of Hollywood's Western heroes. After its release in 1966, this film was banned for 25 years by East Germany. Based on the novel of the same title by Erik Neutsch. 134 min. DVD X1861; vhs 999:2540
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Trading Places (1983)
Directed by John Landis. Cast: Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott, Jamie Lee Curtis. The rich Duke Brothers wager on whether a born loser like Billy Ray Valentine, a hustler from the ghetto, can become as successful as Winthorpe, a wealthy investment executive, if put in the proper environment--and would a prig like Winthorpe turn to a life of crime if he were to lose it all. 116 min. DVD 3779
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Up in the Air (1988)
Directed by Jason Reitman. Cast: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Danny McBride, Amy Morton, Melanie Lynskey, J. K. Simmons, Sam Elliott. Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert who flies all over the world on business. Just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles, and meeting the frequent traveler woman of his dreams, his company grounds him. When Bingham goes on his last cross country firing expedition, he will learn that life isn't about the journey, but about the connections made along the way. Based on the novel by Walter Kirn. Special features: commentary; "Shadowplay: before the story" featurette; deleted scenes; trailers. 109 min. DVD X2730
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Working Girl (1988)
Directed by Mike Nichols. Cast: Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Melanie Griffith, Joan Cusack, Alec Baldwin. A young secretary in New York named Tess McGill has the brains, looks and charm to make it big. All she needs is the right haircut, clothes and job. The opportunity arises when her classy, seductive and treacherous boss breaks a leg skiing. Tess steps into her job, her apartment and her clothes, and all sorts of witty and romantic things follow! 116 min. DVD 718
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Golden Globes, USA - Musical/Comedy; Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical (Melanie Griffith); Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Sigourney Weaver)

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Greenberg, Harvey Roy. "Working Girl: Leveraged Sell-Out." Journal of Popular Film & Television; Spring89, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p20-23, 4p
Tasker, Yvonne "Cross-dressing, aspiration, and transformation." In: Working girls : gender and sexuality in popular cinema / Yvonne Tasker. London ; New York : Routledge, 1998. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.W6 T36 1998)
Traube, Elizabeth G. "Transforming heroes: Hollywood and the demonization of women." Public Culture, 1991, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p1-28, 28p UC users only
Winn, J. Emmett. "Moralizing Upward Mobility: Investigating the Myth of Class Mobility in Working Girl." Southern Communication Journal, Fall2000, Vol. 66 Issue 1, p40, 12p UC users only

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