Thank you Andy for the additional suggestions.  I will need to put these on my list.  I can't believe I forgot Cradle will Rock...I love that movie.

The list keeps growing I can vary things up from class to class.



Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2015 19:40:45 -0400
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Subject: Re: Economics in Fictional Films Follow Up...
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Sorry I missed this email discussion earlier.  I used to run a radical economics film series so I should have quite I few to recommend.  (I see you already got Matewan, Yeah!). Some others off the top of my head: 

Salt of the Earth
Billy Elliot
Land and Freedom
Cradle will Rock
The Full Monty 


On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 5:05 PM, Marc Batko <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
2 more suggestions:
Wag the Dog (with Dustin Hoffman)
SF Mime Troop: Mr. Smith Goes to Obscuristan/ The Ripple Effect/ Red State/ Freedomland

On Monday, September 28, 2015 1:51 PM, Justin Elardo <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Dear AFEE Members,

Thank you for your responses to my query about suggestions for films that have depictions of economic content.  Ultimately, I did decide to re-orient my introductory class around the format of utilizing fictional films.  For those who are interested, I am attaching my syllabus to this message.

Also, given my own list, personal queries, and the response of AFEE members, the following represents a list of film suggestions.

Adventures of Baron Munchhausen
American Psycho
The Aviator
Boyz n the Hood
Erin Brockovich (fictionality is debatable)
Grapes of Wrath
How Green was my Valley
It Happened One Night
It's a Wonderful Life
Medicine Man
Memories of Underdevelopment
Modern Times
Mosquito Coast (fictionality is debatable)
Office Space
Other People's Money
Pretty Woman
Soylent Green
Sullivan's Travels
There will be Blood
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (fictionality is debatable)
Wall Street
Wall Street 2
Wolf of Wall Street

There are likely many others, but this was the list I worked from as I compiled my syllabus.

One final note, some may have wondered why I chose fictional films?  My answer is that there are endless documentaries that I could have shown (likely should show to students), but the intent of a documentary (as accurate as it may be) is to steer students in a very overt way.  I was seeking a medium that would allow artistic license to dampen the notion of steering in favor of students drawing their own conclusions.



Andy Barenberg

University of Mass. Amherst - Economics

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