Australian Left Review

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Film Review: Blue Collar


Blue Collar is nothing less than a stunning American film, full of drama, intrigue, action, comic dialogue, even sex. Yet this movie, shown at the recent Sydney Film Festival, has failed to attract a commercial distributor in Australia. The reason: its unorthodox theme. It is not about the winning of the West, the conquest of space, or conventional cops and robbers; instead, it concerns, believe it or not, the everyday life of three Detroit auto workers and their struggles — in a violent and alienating society — against management brutality and manipulation, union bureaucracy, cynicism and corruption, and sheer poverty and hopelessness. To my mind, no contemporary film has attempted so much so tellingly.