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This is a great movie, way too underappreciated
on October 6, 2016
This is a great movie, way too underappreciated. Directed by Tim Robbins as a fast-moving series of tableaux, it provides a spirited window into the Depression era, the creation of the WPA public theater project, the growing anti-Communist fervor, pre-WWII maneuvering by the great powers, and above all the backstory of the story of the creation of something new in theater, a musical with a message, by Marc Blitstein, and a radical one at that, and the story of the heroic actors and musicians who managed to perform "The Cradle Will Rock" against all odds. See it if you've never seen it before, or even heard of it; or, like me, see it again for the third or fourth time. But who's counting?