[Marxism] The Bread Factory; Monrovia, Indiana | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Oct 26 15:15:27 MDT 2018

Under consideration are two distinctly uncommercial films that will 
appeal to those with unconventional tastes, i.e., the sort of people who 
read this blog on a regular basis.

“The Bread Factory” is a two-part narrative film that opened today at 
the Village East Cinema. This means that you are in for a four-hour 
drama about the struggle of a couple of elderly lesbians to keep a 
performance space specializing in classical fare such as Euripides’s 
“Hecuba” going in a fictional town called Checkford. For decades they 
have routinely received funding from the school board that viewed the 
Bread Factory (named after the factory that was converted into a warren 
of theaters and workshops) because it allowed schoolchildren to learn 
how to make films, act, write poetry, etc. in the evenings and weekends.

Now 88, Frederick Wiseman has just made his 47th film, a documentary 
titled “Monrovia, Indiana” that like every other is in his patented 
cinéma vérité style. Opening today at the Film Forum in New York, it is 
a profile of the people living in a small, farming town that would seem 
to fit the Red State profile. In 2008, Barack Obama spoke of such 
people. “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to 
people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade 
sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”


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