R | | Drama
A true story of politics and art in the 1930s U.S., focusing on a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.
The New York Times on Jan. 24, 1964, ran a large article that said Marc Blitzstein, author of "The Cradle Will Rock," had been killed in a car accident in Martinique. On July 16, 1989, the same paper ran an article by Don Shewey that reviewed Eric Gordon's biography of Blitzstein ("Mark the Music," 1989, St. Martin's Press, NY). In that article, The New York Times said that Blitzstein was murdered in 1964 "by three sailors he picked up in a bar in Martinique."
When did you stop supporting art?
Margherita Sarfatti: I support your art but that does not mean that I must support your revolution.
Diego Rivera: It's the same thing!
Diego Rivera's mural in Rockefeller Center was destroyed in February of 1934. The unauthorized performance of "The Cradle Will Rock" took place on 16 June 1937. Hallie Flanagan testified before Congressman Dies' committee on 6 December 1938. For artistic effect, the film makes it seem that the three events occur simultaneously.
There is a heart in the credit roll with the following initials inside; SS, EMLA, JHR & MGR (SS is likely 'Susan Sarandon,' EMLA for Sarandon's daughter Eva Amurri, JHR & MGR for Robbins' & Sarandon's sons Jack Henry & Miles Robbins).
$93,998 12 December 1999