Games have rules, but who hasn’t yelled, “that’s not fair!” when we took a turn for the worse? For generations, Monopoly has been America’s favorite board game, a love letter to unbridled capitalism and — for better or worse — the impulses that make our free-market society tick. But behind the myth of the game’s creation is an untold tale of theft, obsession and corporate double-dealing. Not all is fair in fun and games. Part detective story, part sharp social commentary and part pop-culture celebration, the film American Experience: Ruthless: Monopoly’s Secret History presents the fascinating true story of the game and those who created it, including Lizzie Magie. Directed by Stephen Ives (Constitution USA; Amato: A Love Affair With Opera).
Is All Fair in Fun and Games? Ruthless: Monopoly’s Secret History
Ruthless: Monopoly’s Secret History premiered on American Experience on PBS stations on Tuesday, February 20 at 10 p.m. Stream full episode.