Great films about work
Posted 11 February 2011 - 11:43 PM
On a more somber note, Heartbeat Detector, perhaps?
And a recurring theme in Kurosawa's films is finding enlightenment and wholeness through vocation, serving others, and extreme perseverance - key examples could include No Regrets for our Youth, Seven Samurai, Ikiru, and Red Beard.
Edited by Andrew, 12 February 2011 - 12:03 AM.
Posted 12 February 2011 - 10:24 AM
Places in the Heart
Has anyone suggested John Sayles' "Limbo"?
And what about Matewan?
Posted 12 February 2011 - 10:56 AM
The Bicycle Thief
After The Wedding
The Wages of Fear
Posted 12 February 2011 - 09:45 PM
Depictions can include dehumanizing or oppressive circumstances, but fundamentally the goodness and dignity of labor should be in view -- ideally seen in some way, at least implicitly, through a Christian cultural lens.
Posted 20 February 2011 - 04:08 AM
More work-positive than evangelizing-positive, I'd say. All told, though, "positive" isn't the first attribute I would attribute to the flick.
Some good suggestions here, everyone. I especially like Darrel's list.
I'm surprised to see The Big Kahuna crop up in both Nick and Mike's lists. I remember that film primarily for its notion that human transactions, including the particular transaction called evangelization or proselytizing, can devolve into a form of working interaction, salesmanship. I don't remember it as notably work-positive, although perhaps it is.
Ebert: "There are two religions in America, one spiritual, one secular. The first worships in churches, the second at business conventions. Clergy of both religions wear dark suits and ties (or roman collars). They exchange a lot of business cards. The Big Kahuna is about an uneasy confrontation between these two systems of faith." I'd say at least it's about the world of work, how it shapes people, and how antagonistic it is to anything that interferes.
Posted 20 April 2011 - 05:12 PM
Besides labor issues it also has concerns of racial discrimination and the place of women.