Cradle Will Rock (1999) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • A true story of politics and art in the 1930s U.S., focusing on a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.

  • In 1930s New York Orson Welles tries to stage a musical on a steel strike under the Federal Theater Program despite pressure from an establishment fearful of industrial unrest and red activity. Meanwhile Nelson Rockefeller gets the foyer of his company headquarters decorated and an Italian countess sells paintings for Mussolini.

  • It's a drama about theatre life in the 1930s during the times of the Great Depression, the Red Scare (communism), fascism, unions, Hitler, Mussolini, New York businessman Nelson Rockefeller, director Orson Welles, painter Diego Rivera, and William Randolph Hearst. This film focuses on the lives of several people during hard times in New York as many struggle to find their place in America. The main focus of the film is a play entitled "Cradle Will Rock," which tells a pro-union story about lower class workers trying to survive in a growing power-hungry world.


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