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3.0 out of 5 stars A Political Musical? - Yep, but with a real purpose behind the humor, December 21, 2008
This review is from: American Ruling Class (DVD)
I watched the DVD with no preconceptions as to what I was going to see except that there were a lot of well-known folks listed on the box as appearing in the film. Walter Cronkite, Senator (and NBA star) Bill Bradley, Director Robert Altman, author Kurt Vonnegut, activist/singer Pete Seeger and Disney Chair Mike Medavoy were there. Yet this was a small independent film. Were they being roped into being on camera as part of a publicity stunt? Well, yes.. and no. Director John Kirby's film is sort of like a Michael Moore documentary in that it certainly has a specific agenda but, though the premise is truly fictional - two graduating Yale seniors head off in different directions, one working for a big investment firm and the other working in social service. With the help of columnist Lewis Lapham, they also get to visit and interview the above named celebrities and politicians asking the question: Who is the current American ruling class? The musical part of the "mockumentary" is composed of some clever songs to bind the actual interviews. The students were real students but their quest for the answers was a "set up".

This film apparently played many Film Festivals and I can see why it was an audience favorite. No it won't win any Academy Award nominations, like Moore's films, but it's certainly worth watching.

There are no special features on it, which would have added to the value of the DVD.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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Initial post: Jan 20, 2009 4:43:58 PM PST
The review makes the DVD seem just downright silly and superficial. Maybe that's the way it really is, but why would I want to pay more than $20 for this fluff?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2009 9:39:07 PM PST
mv_mc says:
If steiner is so horrified by the reviews and the concept of the DVD, why does he bother commenting!? Or why is he not interested in watching to see why this is being given mixed, yet good reviews?! Just step away sir, step away!

It's a quirky documentary - it makes a serious point in a lighthearted way. If he had done a standard doco on the same subject, NO ONE would be able to sit through it. It would be too heavy.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2011 11:02:02 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 8, 2011 11:02:20 AM PST
TO: mv_mc

RE: "If he had done a standard doco on the same subject, NO ONE would be able to sit through it. It would be too heavy."

I would, especially if such a documentary were done by Ken Burns.
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