BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A DOLLAR? -- from first-time filmmaker Thom Hoffman. His movie takes its title from the song that was undoubtedly the most popular and famous to come out of America's Great Depression. Written in 1931, the original title was Brother (sometimes sung as "Buddy"), Can You Spare a Dime? What we learn about this song from Mr.Hoffman's film comprises one of its more interesting segments.
Father Devine (with a little history of this unusual man) to Technocracy, FDR, Coney Island and that title song, written by "Yip" Harburg and Jay Gorney. (We hear some very interesting stuff from the latter's widow, actress Sondra Gorney, shown above, about how and why the song came into being.)
Sally Rand (above), offers some words of wisdom, and we also view the Occupy Movement (at bottom). Wall Street, the dispensed-with Glass-Steagall Act, the SEC and a couple of seemingly intelligent college students (below) -- they're all here, and they're all connected, as we know. Seems to me that Mr Hoffman is on the right track, as are so many of us. But so what? Until this country has something approaching elected officials who actually serve us citizens, rather than serving the corporate and big-money interests that have bought off both sides well before the election takes place, there will be no real democracy in this country.
Quad Cinema. If you miss it there, even as I write this, a DVD is surely in the works....