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expected to choose one movie from Film List 1 and one from Film List 2 . After watching both
films, students should prepare a 1000-word film review comparing and contrasting
representations of class, work, and trade unions (if relevant) in both films. In preparing your
review, consider the following questions: What are the main differences in the ways working
class lives are portrayed in the two films? What are the most significant shifts in the nature of
work in the two eras represented? How do issues or race, gender, class, sexuality, or ability play
into the different experiences of characters in both films? All reviews must include a wordcount.
List 1
(1) Strike (1925) – Silent film about a strike at a Russian factory [Drama].
(2) Battleship Potemkin (1925) – Silent film about strike on a ship [Historical Drama].
(3) Metropolis (1927) – Silent film set in future depicting an uprising by workers [SciFi].
(4) Black Fury (1935) – Traces a miners strike and individual efforts of one worker [Drama]
(5) Modern Times (1936) – This is Chaplin’s comedic look at industrial work [Comedy]
(6) Grapes of Wrath (1940) – Rural family is forced to migrate and find work elsewhere [Drama]
(7) The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) – Comedy involving strike at department store [Comedy]
(8) On the Waterfront (1954) – Worker confronts corrupt union leadership [Crime]
(9) Salt of the Earth (1954) – Workers organize against mine owners in New Mexico [Drama]
(10) Edge of the City (1957) – Multiracial struggle by workers on New York waterfront [Crime]
(11) The Garment Jungle (1957) – A garment manufacturer uses the mob to defeat the unions
in NY [Drama]
(12) A Raisin in the Sun (1961) – African-American working-class family struggles with
poverty/racism [Drama]
(13) The Molly Maguires (1970) – Film about militant 19 th century Irish-American union
[Historical Drama]
(14) F.I.S.T. (1978) – Emergence of a fictional truckers union and its eventual corruption
[Crime]
(15) Matewan (1987) – Depicts 1920 ‘Battle of Matewan’ between miners and company
[Historical Drama]
(16) The Cradle Will Rock (1999) – About WPA theatre group and union/cultural politics of the
1930s [Historical Drama]
(17) Made in Dagenham (2010) – Covers 1968 strike by female workers at Ford’s Dagenham
car-plant [Historical Drama]
(18) The Irishman (2019) – Examines the corruption of the Teamster’s union under leader
Jimmy Hoffa [Crime]
List 2
(1) Blue Collar (1978) – Autoworkers plot to steal from their union.
(2) Norma Rae (1979) – Attempt to organize a southern textile mill.
(3) Nine to Five (1980) – Comedy about working women.
(4) Silkwood (1983) – Worker decides to turn whistle-blower.
(5) Office Space (1999) – White collar comedy about office work.
(6) Billy Elliot (2000) – Struggles over masculinity in a union town.
(7) Bread and Roses (2000) – Organizing migrant custodians in LA.
(8) Outsourced (2007) – Comedy about outsourcing call-operations.
(9) It’s a Free World (2007) – Drama about migrant workers.
(10) Sleep Dealer (2008) – SciFi about virtual reality outsourcing.
(11) Fruitvale Station (2013) – The working-class life of Oscar Grant.
(12) Snowpiercer (2013) – SciFi set in a class divided post-apocalyptic world.
(13) Cesar Chavez (2014) – Biopic based on life of the union leader.
(14) Pride (2014) – Lesbian and gay activists organize to support miner’s strike.
(15) I, Daniel Blake (2017) – Older worker loses job, tries to navigate social welfare system.
(16) The Florida Project (2017) – A indy-film exploring social class and poverty in the US.
(17) Sorry to Bother You (2018) – A telemarketer climbs the corporate ladder, while his friends
resist corporate oppression.
(18) Us (2019) – A horror movie built around a critique of class dynamics in America.
(19) Parasite (2019) – Oscar winning thriller about class divides in Seoul (Korea).

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