Cradle Will Rock
As a writer and director, Tim Robbins has proven to be an interesting filmmaker from his debut feature Bob Roberts to his highly acclaimed Dead Man Walking. His third feature 1999's CRADLE WILL ROCK is our next Rialto Recommends. The Altmanesque plot goes something like this: As labor strikes break out throughout the country, New York is alive with cultural revolution. Nelson Rockefeller (John Cusack) commissions Mexican artist Diego Rivera (Ruben Blades) to paint the lobby of Rockefeller Center, while Italian propagandist Margherita Sarfatti (Susan Sarandon) sells Da Vincis to fund the Mussolini war effort.and Orson Welles (Angus Macfadyen) directs an infamous stage production of "The Cradle Will Rock," closed down on the eve of its opening by U.S. soldiers. Starring Hank Azaria, Ruben Blades, Joan Cusack, John Cusack, Cary Elwes, Cherry Jones, Bill Murray, Vanessa Redgrave, Susan Sarandon, John Turturro, and Emily Watson just to name a few CRADLE WILL ROCK is the largest canvas work Robbins has undertaken as writer/director. The result is a witty and provocative film. Roger Ebert said "There is a lot of material to cover here, and Robbins covers it in a way that will be fascinating to people who know the period -- to whom names like Welles, Rockefeller, Hearst and Rivera mean something." While the LA Times said "Its nervy decision to cut as wide a swath as possible through one of the most exciting and meaningful periods of our history have created something that's impossible not to both applaud and enjoy. While the Miami Herald said "An ensemble cast brimming with great theater actors and movie stars tears into a collection of meaty, moving, funny roles, with largely vibrant results." CRADLE WILL ROCK is streaming on Hoopla or available to rent for a modest fee from Apple, Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, Vudu and others.