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Brother, can you spare a dime?

Author: Philippe MoraSandy LiebersonDavid PuttnamFranklin D RooseveltBing CrosbyAll authors
Publisher: Chatsworth, CA : Image Entertainment, 1999.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This documentary juxtaposes newsreel footage, film clips and period music in an eye-opening look at the Great Depression. Many of the movies created in the 1930s featured strong social commentary, while others offered pure escapism and fed a fascination with a dazzling world out of reach to the everyday American. Through a contrast between the fantasy of film and the reality of everyday life, a fascinating  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical films
Documentary films
History
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Philippe Mora; Sandy Lieberson; David Puttnam; Franklin D Roosevelt; Bing Crosby; W C Fields; Bob Hope; Clark Gable; Mickey Rooney; James Cagney; Cary Grant; Vivien Leigh; George Raft; Carole Lombard; Humphrey Bogart; Gary Cooper; Marlene Dietrich; Marx Brothers.; Dimension Pictures.; Visual Programme Systems Ltd.; Image Entertainment (Firm)
OCLC Number: 45723243
Notes: Released in 1975 as a motion picture by Dimension Pictures.
Credits: Producers, Sandy Lieberson, David Puttnam ; writer/director, Philippe Mora.
Performer(s): Excerpts of performances: Bing Crosby, W.C. Fields, Bob Hope, Clark Gable, Mickey Rooney, Marx Bros., James Cagney, Cary Grant, Vivien Leigh, George Raft, Carole Lombard, Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich.
Description: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : sd., b&w with col. sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Responsibility: Visual Programme Systems Ltd.

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This documentary juxtaposes newsreel footage, film clips and period music in an eye-opening look at the Great Depression. Many of the movies created in the 1930s featured strong social commentary, while others offered pure escapism and fed a fascination with a dazzling world out of reach to the everyday American. Through a contrast between the fantasy of film and the reality of everyday life, a fascinating perspective on the Great Depression and Hollywood's golden age is presented. Also includes political speeches by Franklin D. Roosevelt and others.

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Brother, can you spare a dime

by ghandman (WorldCat user published 2008-06-06) Good Permalink
For a pure, unadulterated blast of Depression-era moving images, this DVD is unbeatable. Brother Can You Spare a Dime is a non-narrated, primary source pastiche that bobs and weaves precariously between loosely related newsreel and documentary footage and clips from Hollywood films of the period. For...
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