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Brother Can You Spare A Dime [DVD]

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  • Actors: James Cagney, W.C. Fields, Carole Lombard
  • Directors: Phillippe Mora
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001CAQ560
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,669 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Brother, can you spare a dime? is the chronicle of an unforgettable period in American history twelve painful years from the Wall Street crash to Pearl Harbour. By juxtaposing contemporary news and documentary footage with Hollywood film classics, Philippe Mora, Sandy Lieberson and David Puttnam create an evocative film scrapbook of America during the Depression. Songs and images stick in the mind: whilst Bessie Smith sings Nobody loves you when you re down and out, a ragged child huddles against the bleak landscape. Fortunes dwindle, the small man s savings disappear, men lose their jobs and the banks go bust. Two American heroes emerge: James Cagney, Hollywood s little man who won t be beaten, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, stepping into the breach as America s new President. Only Hollywood offers an escape from the Depression s reality, for these are the Golden Years of Bogart, Gable, Leigh, Cooper and Dietrich. Whilst families starve, Busby Berkeley fills the screen with his lavish musical extravaganzas... as Ginger Rogers says: It s the depression, dearie!

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This movie is a must to all who want to evoke the feel of the Depression and not just have the kids read it out of dry books. It's very hard to get someone in to speak first-hand about the era, this movie speaks for them --www.imdb.com

I recently bought this documentary on DVD and watched it several times in succession. It is the best archival source of Depression-era material I have ever run across. I particulary enjoyed the segment with Huey Long. What a terrific speaker he was! And to see him on stage with Ina Ray Hutton, the woman band leader, was a real treat. I highly recommend this for historians of America in the 20th century. --www.imdb.com

this is an extraordinary use of both documentary and archive newsreel to tell a story of the depression era in the USA. No naration, the film speaks for itself. The use of Jimmy Cagney as a running character is great. Fascinating and amusing. --www.imdb.com

I recently bought this documentary on DVD and watched it several times in succession. It is the best archival source of Depression-era material I have ever run across. I particulary enjoyed the segment with Huey Long. What a terrific speaker he was! And to see him on stage with Ina Ray Hutton, the woman band leader, was a real treat. I highly recommend this for historians of America in the 20th century. --www.imdb.com

this is an extraordinary use of both documentary and archive newsreel to tell a story of the depression era in the USA. No naration, the film speaks for itself. The use of Jimmy Cagney as a running character is great. Fascinating and amusing. --www.imdb.com


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