American Ruling Class
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At first glance, this movie might appear a bit erudite. Go right ahead and move past that - if you listen carefully, you will hear scintillating brilliance and dry urbane wit that rivals Monty Python's Quest for Holy Grail.
Of course this is not a comedy. But sometimes, dry can be humorful in an incredulous, eye-opening sort of way.
One of the things that absolutely floored me is how revealing this movie is. You will see people who are the real deal (extraordinary people from powerful places and top positions in the stratosphere of the global elite) say astounding, unbelievable things. And, they mean every word. It's mindblowing.
Don't be surprised if you say to yourself, "Did I hear correctly?" "No, I couldn't have heard that - let me rewind..." "They're joking, right?" "This is a put on... isn't it?" "Are they impersonators? Dub-ins?" "Are they who they say they are?" "How did the movie director get them into this movie?" "Astounding!" "I can't believe it!"
Your head will swivel. You will definitely have to watch this movie over and over again to savor every enlightening moment, every little zinging nuance.
One reason is, because, there's so much depth amongst the flashes of light and dark. It's mesmerizing. Small, simple little phrases here and there that have the weight of dark matter.
There's this quote from Voltaire - look for it. It's extraordinarily timely, considering today's economic climate... It involves "corporatism."
One beauty of this movie is that it allows you to draw your own conclusions. It provides information. You provide the thinking.
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Sellouts who shill for bankers or become banksters themselves in order that they can then later indulge their humanitarian interests.
The movie fails to honestly reveal the true criteria for access to the ruling class,
which every aspiring Jewish, Indian, and Chinese minority family in the Northeast and California knows and strives for-
get into one of the private or public Ivy League schools and then intermarry with the existing ruling class.
If not and you manage to make it anyway on your own merit or luck, you'll be considered second class and open to mockery.
(Howard Baker went to Tulane, so it's open season on him as if he's a war criminal while Henry Kissinger, who is seen eerily throughout the movie on every wall of every elite is not mentioned though he be a real war criminal- Harvard graduate)
The cream of the ruling class are those blessed by admission to Oxford through Rhodes Scholarship,
and this cements the Anglo influences and interests in the US, while the anglophile US elites fall in place behind them.
This is creepy since the English are in a significant way anointing the leaders of the US ruling class by their scholarships.
The New England WASPs may be washed out, but their masters in London never disappeared.
No one is better equiped to pull off this dark seriocomedic venture than the wry master of patrician sensibility himself, the author of Fortune's Child, Money and Class in America: Notes and Observations On Our Civil Religion, and Imperial Masquerade.
Lapham is joined by a sterling cavalcade of establishment noteworthies playing themselves, as this sly Luciferian guides two befuddled innocents through the Oz-like, kaleidoscopic maze composing the elite corridors of power in America.
Lapham is the former editor of Harpers magazine, and one of America's premier essayists.
He ranks with H. L. Mencken and Albert Jay Nock in his stylistic elegance and keen ability to dissect the bloated rotting corpse of the American body politic, exposing the frailties, pretentiousness, and rank imbecilities of what he aptly describes as its "equestrian class." America, where the masses are born with saddles on their backs, for a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God, the GOP, and George W. Bush.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wish every American could see this film. It might wake them up a bitPublished 1 month ago by Betty J. Conner
Excellent and real account of the gap which has been growing between the classes and the origin of this phenomena.Published 2 months ago by JordyC
Fun, satirical look at the American money game. But not well crafted. A serious topic needs more serious attention.Published 3 months ago by Molly M Altizer
Excellent depiction of hierarchical strata in America. Got a little cheesy at times, but for the most part was entertaining.Published 3 months ago by D. Dean
Of course there's a ruling class - no surprise there! Doesn't really deal with the dynamics of power. IPublished 3 months ago by Zara Renander
An eye opener. A must see: Well thought out, well written, well played.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Will DEFINITELY watch again! Yes ... This film is that surprisingly well done. After realizing that it had BBC and Sundance involvement, perhaps it would be less surprising when... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Stephan