The Weekend Movie: "The American Ruling Class"

On Thursday we wrote that the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression is claiming another casualty: American-style capitalism. Today, courtesy of SnagFilms, we take a satirical look at the folks who presided over that system.

SnagFilms is a startup backed by Washington Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis and others; we wrote about the company here.

Here's a synopsis from SnagFilms Web site:

In this first of its kind "dramatic-documentary-musical," essayist Lewis Lapham and an all-star cast (including Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Altman, James Baker and Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr.) take two young Ivy-League graduates on a tour of the corridors of power. This "astonishing", "coruscating" satire poses the question: Is it better to rule the world, or to save it?

Appearing on the screen are a range of leaders and commentators from across the political spectrum, among them: the late Robert B. Altman, James A. Baker III, Bill Bradley, Harold Brown, Hodding Carter III, William T. Coleman, Jr., Walter Cronkite, Barbara Ehrenreich, Vartan Gregorian, Doug Henwood, Mike Medavoy, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., John Perkins, (a.k.a., the economic hit-man) Samuel Peabody, Pete Seeger, Lawrence H. Summers, Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., William Howard Taft IV, the late Kurt Vonnegut and Howard Zinn.

By Dan Beyers  |  October 10, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  | Category:  The Weekend Movie
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