The American Ruling Class

Directed by John Kirby

Year: 2007
Running Time: 89
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Country: U.S.
Language: English [audio]
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The American Ruling Class

Kurt Vonnegut
Walter Cronkite
Pete Seeger

Directed by John Kirby

THE AMERICAN RULING CLASS is a morality tale set to music about two Yale students who seek their opportunities after graduation. Lewis Lapham, the renowned essayist, author and longtime Harper's Magazine editor, conducts them through the corridors of power - Pentagon press briefings, the World Economic Forum, philanthropic foundations, Washington law firms, banks, the Council on Foreign Relations and New York society dinners. As they make their way, the real-life luminaries they meet become characters in a dramatic story about power, its responsibilities and abuses. The subject is our country's most taboo topic: class, power and privilege in our nominally democratic republic.

Part Monty Python, part Michael Moore, THE AMERICAN RULING CLASS is an entertaining clarion call for all citizens to consider who has power, how they acquired it, and most importantly, how they keep it.

PLEASE NOTE: FOR HOME USE ONLY. This film is not available from Kino for educational institutions, public libraries and the non-theatrical market. Please contact BULLFROG FILMS.


"A guided safari through the tribal haunts of the power elite." - Vanity Fair

"The American Ruling Class k.o.'d me... a remarkable and revelatory documentary... an astonishing program." -Studs Terkel


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