Brother Can You Spare A Dime? 12/21/19

The Sprocket Vault / VCI

Philippe Mora’s impressive documentary epic sees 1930s America through the movies, through music, and the evasions of official newsreels. Franklin Delano Roosevelt preaches prosperity while James Cagney slugs his way through the decade as a smart-tongued everyman — in a dozen different roles. This was a new kind of documentary info-tainment formula: applying old film footage to new purposes. On Blu-ray from The Sprocket Vault / VCI.