Cinema: Union Dues

BLUE COLLAR

Directed by Paul Schrader

Screenplay by Paul Schrader

and Leonard Schrader

Blue Collar looks as if it might actually have been made by people who wear blue collars when they go to work, instead of turtlenecks, beads and suede jackets. That is to say, the picture is often awkward as it attempts to slice open the lives of some automobile-assembly-line workers and expose the futility of their existence. In the end, however, Blue Collar's lack of slickness, the sense it frequently conveys of being an authentic cry from the heart, gives it a certain...

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