When the World Breaks

When the World Breaks

Actors and Artists Recall the Great Depression

Streaming Video - 2010
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The world breaks every one, Ernest Hemingway wrote in A Farewell to Arms, "and afterward many are strong at the broken places." This program applies those sentiments to the Great Depression and what it taught many Americans about creativity and survival. A multitude of well-known cultural figures-including Mickey Rooney, Jerry Stiller, Ray Bradbury, Phyllis Diller, and other artists and entertainers-share vivid memories of the period, accompanied by a vibrant tapestry of archival footage. Their stories of poverty, foreclosures, family crises, and social injustice bring to life a formative decade in U.S. history while shedding light on today's challenges. Prominent psychologists, activists, and economists are also featured.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2010
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (58 min.) :,sd., col., digital file


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