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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
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You are quoting from this Marlowe. Is he a Communist?
I am very sorry. I was quoting from Christopher Marlowe.
Tell us who Marlowe is, so we can get the proper reference, because that is all we want to do.
Put in the record that he was the greatest dramatist in the period immediately preceding Shakespeare.
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This is a romantic look at 1930's liberalism, with a ham-handed script that pits the evil fascists against the enlightened intellectuals.
It tries to be a little of everything, and doesn't quite pull it off. It alternates from a comedy, to poignant vignettes of depression era poverty, to a musical, to farce, to political drama. I just felt Robbins couldn't make up his mind as what this film was supposed to be. I am guessing that most of it wound up on the cutting room floor, and maybe a longer film would have allowed some of these themes to develop more completely.
It has one of the largest casts I've ever seen. It seems everyone in Hollywood wanted to get in on this one.
The biggest problem I had with the film was that if you weren't one of the warmly-portrayed socialists, then you were either a simple minded right wing alarmist, or a big businessman in bed with the fascists.
One thing is clear - Robbins and Sarandon yearn for the days when being part of the far, far left was fashionable.
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