The Working Class Goes To Heaven
May 1, 2012 7:33 AM Subscribe
Happy May 1, everyone! Movie questions - I'm putting together a film series showing radical comedy about being working class/pink collar/lower-middle-class, mostly drawn from the sixties, seventies and early eighties. Or at least I hope I am - this was inspired by realizing how great 9 to 5
is and a vague memory of seeing reruns of other movies with a similar sensibility on the late show in the late eighties and early nineties.
posted by Frowner to Media & Arts (32 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
It seems like in the seventies there was this film/TV moment where it was possible to tell stories from a radical working class standpoint (even Hill Street Blues, although it's about cops, is basically about cops-as-working-people, instead of cops-as-American-Heroes-With-Power). I was pretty young when I watched all this stuff, but I remember stories that emphasized how regular working people lived in terms of housing, clothes and appearance and that took a seriously critical position about work - not films where the hero is rewarded by climbing out of the working class, or where the hero is against the other working people, who are depicted as bad and lazy.
So anyway, 9 to 5 is ideal - it's hiLARious, it has Dolly Parton, it's feminist and it talks about how regular working women/people experienced work. (Also, it isn't built around a romance.)
So what else is out there?*
Second question - there's this sixties British satirical comedy about a noble who becomes convinced that he's Jesus and falls in with a bunch of hippies. It sounds great, but I've only read about it on the internet and cannot remember what it is called. Anyone?
*Not creepily sexist or having homophobia as a major plot point; points for films that center people of color; plot should center around work or being working class. Also, Office Space and Clerks are not what I want to show - they aren't thoughtful in the way that 9 to 5is, somehow, and they don't have strong women characters.