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A Corner in Wheat (1909)

 -  Short | Drama  -  13 December 1909 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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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. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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Also Known As:

A gabonatőzsde spekulánsai  »

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The scene in which the farmer sows his seeds is an animated reproduction of Millet's famous painting 'The Sower'. See more »

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When the Wheat King reads the letter regarding his increase in wealth, he is wearing gloves. After he falls into the wheat pit, there is an un-gloved hand reaching for the heavens; however, when they pull him out, he is once again wearing gloves. See more »

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A Powerful Ending
11 September 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Even if you miss the first minutes of this film, don't miss the very last. A Corner in Wheat comes off as a comical drama that seems to lead nowhere. That is until the very end when we see a powerful image end the film to give the audience a message to take with them. The final shot is a man plants wheat in his fields in hope of a better life. A simple shot, a simple movement, a giant message!


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