Magazine article New Internationalist

[Cradle Will Rock]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Cradle Will Rock]

Article excerpt

Is the US cinema rediscovering politics? It's certainly beginning to look that way, judging by some recent releases. The obvious targets for political outrage, so apparent in recent anti-World Trade Organization protests in Seattle, are global capitalism and corporate power. Cradle Will Rock is a film about how much you will prostitute yourself in the compromise with money and power. Set in 1930s New York, a sense of social and moral decay pervades this quasi-historical drama. Millionaire Nelson Rockefeller is creating his famous eponymous Centre, buying up paintings by Leonardo da Vinci from Italian fascist Margerita Sarfatti (Susan Sarandon) who donates the proceeds to Mussolini's war chest. In an even stranger twist Rockefeller commissions Mexican left-wing artist Diego Rivera to paint a mural for the same Centre. …

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