This week’s question: films about the Great Depression. For a country in which success is practically a national religion, the Great Depression stands out as a period in which so many dreams and illusions about America were brutally stripped away. What’s your favorite film on the Great Depression?
Peter Bogdanovich’s Paper Moon casts a long shadow over this category, with the charm of father-daughter team Ryan O’Neal and the youngest Academy Award winner Tatum O’Neal.
Here are our host Richard Peña’s thoughts: “There are some excellent films from which to choose your answer: John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath, or Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde. And for good measure, why not Preston Sturges’ comic masterpiece Sullivan’s Travels?”