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. “The Man in the Street”

. “The Man in the Street”

Chapter:
(p.219) 8. “The Man in the Street”
Source:
Frank Capra
Author(s):
McBride Joseph
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604738384.003.0008

This chapter details Capra’s film career in the 1930s. Capra’s films during this period sometimes espoused positions that he personally opposed, and under the pressure of the social unrest of the Depression he temporarily softened some of his conservative views, such as his instinctive distrust of organized labor. Capra’s championing of what he initially referred to as “The Man in the Street”—or what the press liked to call “the common man”—was a calculated response aimed at giving his audiences what they wanted.

Keywords:   Frank Capra, Great Depression, common man

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