A Corner in Wheat (1909)
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A D. W. Griffith short about a greedy wheat tycoon who corners the market making life miserable for the average poor worker. The film does a good job contrasting the high life of the wealthy against the grueling, miserable life of the poor families just trying to survive. Its pretty transparent in its intent on being social commentary and condemning corporate greed which destroys the lives of the people that make up the foundation of the country. My biggest problem is that its too on the nose. It is almost painfully straightforward and it weakens the film. None the less its still a trill to watch a movie such as this. An early work by one of the great directors who helped form what cinema is today.
Interesting to observe how different Tarr's portrayal of poverty is:
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This movie ranks #4 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #26 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
This movie ranks #57 in TSPDT's Brief Encounters
This movie ranks #126 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #153 in Paul Rotha's Silent but Not Forgotten
This movie ranks #262 in Silent Era's The Top 300 Silent Era Films
This movie ranks #774 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000