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In 1930s New York Orson Welles tries to stage a musical on a steel strike under the Federal Theater Program despite pressure from an establishment fearful of industrial unrest and red activity. Meanwhile Nelson Rockefeller gets the foyer of his company headquarters decorated and an Italian countess sells paintings for Mussolini. Written by
The planned 1984 version of this story, which had to be abandoned for financial reasons, would have been directed and written by Orson Welles himself. Rupert Everett would have played the young Welles, and Amy Irving his first wife, Virginia Nicholson. Welles's unmade screenplay was published after his death. Tim Robbins has always insisted that he has never read it. See more »
In the opening exterior NYC street sequence following Olive, just as John Turturro's credit is supered, a window mounted air conditioner is visible in the alleyway behind. While home air conditioning was introduced in 1928, it was extremely rare until after World War II, and it's not clear the design shown was available at the time. See more »
Tim Robbins has created a masterpiece. A film that stands up in the face of
adversity and squashed freedom.Robbin's telling of the legendary events
surrounding the Orson Welles production of Marc Blitztien's Labor Opers, THE
CRADLE WILL ROCK, not only puts forth the events but he masterfully presents
his film in the style of a Brecht theatre piece. The emotional level in the
theatre when I saw this film was high,Applause rang out during the films
climax. But this film is not only about artistic freedom, it is about
freedom as a whole,about standing up for your freedom of belief and
expression,could you imagine that there was actually a time in this "free"
nation of ours when armed guards actually locked the doors of a theatre
,trying to prevent a show from being mounted.This film is an important
one,and what Robbins accomplishes is to present it as entertainment as
well,this is not a history lesson but a well executed work of art. As
perfomances go everyone was splendid. Hank Azaria wins best honors as
Blitztien,Cary Elwes and Angus McFadden as Houseman and Welles are also
brilliant in their stellar portrayals.Vanessa Redgrave,Susan Sarandon and
Bill Murray also lend their imense talents. John Turrturo deserves special
mention for his touching portrait of actor Howard DaSilva.
Some critics have pointed out what they felt was a lack of character
development in the film. These critics have greatly missed the point. the
film is presented as a Brecht (or Blitztein ) style play. Blitztein's CRADLE
included characters named for their role in society,or personality, Jimmy
Forman,Mister Mister,Reverend Salvation etc. it is this type of acting
Robbins successfully evokes from his actors.
This film is more than a movie,it is an emotional experience that will
change the way you look at society.It is an inspiration,telling us to fight
for what you believe in.
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