The American Ruling Class

The American Ruling Class


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The American Ruling Class

John Kirby's satirical documentary The American Ruling Class features former Harper's Magazine editor Lewis Lapham leading the viewer through a number of clips and interviews that question if America has developed a culture that runs the nation, or if it still is possible to rise up through hard work and become one of the powerful people. Among the artists and power brokers who dispense their ideas on this topic are director Robert Altman, writer Kurt Vonnegut, and folk singer Pete Seeger.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2009
UPC: 0718122516520
Original Release: 2007
Rating: NR
Source: Alive Mind
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:29:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lewis Lapham Narrator
Paul Cantagallo Participant
Caton Burwell Participant
Kurt Vonnegut Participant
Walter Cronkite Participant
James Baker Participant
Bill Bradley Participant
William T. Coleman Participant
Mike Medavoy Participant
Robert Altman Participant
Barbara Ehrenreich Participant
Harold Brown Participant
Arthur O. Sulzberger Participant
Hodding Carter Participant
Vartan Gregorian Participant
Doug Henwood Participant
Joseph S. Nye Participant
John Perkins Participant
Samuel Peabody Participant
Pete Seeger Participant
Lawrence H. Summers Participant
William Howard Taft Participant
Howard Zinn Participant

Technical Credits
John Kirby Director,Editor,Producer
Mark Benjamin Cinematographer
Stanley F. Buchthal Executive Producer
Caroline Camougis Executive Producer
Nick Fraser Executive Producer
Libby Handros Producer
Chris Hilton Executive Producer
Lucas Johnson-Yahraus Score Composer
Lewis Lapham Screenwriter
Qasim Naqvi Score Composer
Leah O'Donnell Editor
Paula Silver Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Ruling Class
1. Collaterally Damaged [1:58]
2. The Mighty Wurlitzer [2:39]
3. Virgil's Proposal [1:27]
4. Buy a President [4:05]
5. State Journalism [2:09]
6. Fit to Print [3:24]
7. Innocents Abroad [1:15]
8. Noblesse Oblige [2:19]
9. Class War [3:46]
10. World Economic Nightmare [2:08]
11. It's Not Enough [1:29]
12. On Assignment [5:11]
13. Nickel and Dimed [4:43]
14. NY to LA [1:51]
15. Portait of the Artist [5:39]
16. The Seductive Arithmetic [3:01]
17. A Great Quote [2:43]
18. The Magical Mystery History Tour [3:38]
19. The Dull Compulsion [1:12]
20. A Whiff of Ambition [2:48]
21. The Ruling Class [7:33]
22. Lucifer On the Mountain [4:02]
23. Manufacture of the Elite [:57]
24. The National Interest [2:37]
25. Revolution No. 2 [3:02]
26. A Force For Good [1:38]
27. Can't Fight It [2:02]
28. All Our Little Teaspoons [4:04]
29. A Life of Crime [1:25]
30. Alt. Ending: Empire Falls [4:04]

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