Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

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The Great Depression, in both its bleak lows and its artistic highs, is presented in this documentary. Featuring the grim reality that many Americans faced during the era, largely in the form of newsreel clips, the film also depicts how Hollywood dealt with this period of widespread poverty and unemployment. Much of the movie footage showcases glamour and extravagance, providing lively moments of escapism that contrast starkly with day-to-day life during the 1930s.

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Critic Reviews for Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

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  • There are songs and production numbers from the great 1930s musicals and newsreel footage of the rioting strikers at Ford, and animated sequences, and Will Rogers kidding FDR and Rudy Vallee singing the title song. But to what purpose?

    July 10, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Only succeeds in being a mishmash of muddled thinking and mediocre editing talents.

    November 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

  • Jan 30, 2010
    Though I think this movie was a lofty experiment, I found it kind of boring.
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