Art: Hard Times

BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?

Directed and Written by PHILIPPE MORA

Yes, yes, it is good to know all about the wayward economics of big business that caused the Depression, and about the NRA, unemployment curves, the deprivations of the Dust Bowl and Social Security. But what about the time Huey Long met Ina Ray Hutton? Moments like this—of which there are many in Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?—may not change history, but they can bring it close as no transcript or statistic can. It is the unproclaimed thesis of this breezy, weightless...

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