Friday, March 18, 2011

American Film: the perennial window into U.S. society

It was such a great experience to hear Richard Peña’s fascinating lecture “Business as Usual: A Brief Tour of the History of American Business as Seen through the Movies” at the Bíó Paradís. Richard has been the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival since 1988. He showed clips of several movies dating back to the early twenties, the fifties, and the 21st century.  Sometimes we think we are dealing with new dilemmas, but Richard’s presentation reminded us that many of the questions we are dealing with today about the relationship between business and society have been around forever.