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Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films about Labor (Paperback)
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Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films about Labor (Paperback)

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Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 02/06/2003
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The revised and expanded edition of Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff offers 350 titles compared to the original edition's 150. The new book is global in scope, with examples of labor films from around the world. Viewers can turn to this comprehensive, annotated guide for films about unions or labor organizations; labor history; working-class life where an economic factor is significant; political movements if they are tied closely to organized labor; production or the struggle between labor and capital from a "top-down"-either entrepreneurial or managerial-perspective. Each entry includes a critical commentary, production data, cast list, MPAA rating (if any), suggested related films, annotated references to books and websites for further reading, and information about availability of films for rental and/or purchase. This edition addresses both historical and contemporary films and features many more documentaries and hard-to-find information about agitprop and union-financed films.Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films about Labor features fifty-eight production stills and frame enlargements. It also includes a greatly expanded Thematic Index of Films. Two new sections will help the reader discover labor films in chronological order or by nationality or affiliation with certain cinematic movements. To read Tom Zaniello's blog on the cinema of labor and globalization, featuring even more reviews, visit http://tzaniello.wordpress.com.Praise for the earlier edition-"Zaniello has created a useful and far-reaching guide with abundant information.... These are the sorts of films that prove what James Agee wrote in these pages nearly fifty years ago: 'The only movies whose temper could possibly be described as heroic, or tragic, or both, have been made by leftists.'"-The Nation"Zaniello has done a monumental job identifying the films that should be included in this genre.... Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff is sorely needed and long overdue."-Cineaste"An engaging and opinionated book.... Even though mining, trucking, Jimmy Hoffa, and class warfare are the book's major themes, what holds the project together is Zaniello's sense of fun and wit. [Zaniello is] a better writer than most major film critics."-Village Voice Literary Supplement

Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801488511
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 28 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 23 mm
Edition: revised and expanded edition


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Zaniello's comments on the films are useful and perceptive, offering insight into the films' political and artistic strengths and weaknesses and supporting material that will prove invaluable to anyone trying to organize a film series or choose a film for a class. And the breadth of the selections should make it fairly easy to find a film for any purpose."

* ASR: Anarcho-Syndicalist Review *

"Working Stiffs is an invaluable resource for folks with an interest in representations of working people.... By covering such a broad range of films, Zaniello implicitly illustrates the ways in which processes of selection, distribution and availability of media images effect our perceptions of labor and working people."

-- Edward Burch * The Paper *

"Zaniello is an authority on the labor movement, not motion pictures, yet he manages to parlay his avocational cinematic knowledge into a highly entertaining collection of witty entries, well grounded in the principles of film aesthetics and criticism, and fully knowledgeable about the films' social and historical contexts."

* American Reference Books Annual 2004 *

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