The American Ruling Class
Director: John Kirby
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 29 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 13, 2009
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Alive Mind
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.78
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- (Unspecified) - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Directed by||John Kirby|
Part documentary and part musical, THE AMERICAN RULING CLASS is a sing-song romp through the hallowed halls of power. More than a nifty genre hybrid, the cheeky film profiles politicians, prestigious families, and titans of industry, all in an attempt to alert the American people to the role of privilege in a supposedly democratic society. Barbara Ehrenreich, Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Altman, and a multitude of other major cultural figures offer their insights, not to mention their singing voices.
Description by Koch Entertainment Distribution:
THE AMERICAN RULING CLASS is one of the most unusual films to be made in America in recent years, both in terms of form and subject. The form is a first, a "dramatic-documentary-musical" that re-invents all three genres. And the subject is our country's most taboo topic: class, power and privilege in our nominally democratic republic. At the bottom, the film is a morality tale, the story of two Yale students who seek their opportunities after graduation. Lewis Lapham, the renowned essayist, author and longtime Harper's Magazine editor, conducts them through the corridors of power - Pentagon press briefings, the World Economic Forum, philanthropic foundations, Washington law firms, banks, the Council on Foreign Relations and New York society dinners.
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