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In honor of Labor Day, Monday Movies recommends the Onion A/V club’s list of “23 proletariat classics.” It’s a very good list. It’s not quite as biased in favor of blue-collar-cool throwbacks as, say, every campaign commercial ever, but it’s a pronounced tilt. (Working Girls and The Company are smart, non-lunchpail additions.)

I would add 9 to 5 as a canonical labor movie — although there’s no actual union in it, it has a hilarious fantasy enactment of class consciousness, and rhymes historically with the rise of the “pink-collar” workforce. (See also the smartly nicknamed National Association of Working Women, and the zine Processed World.)

Oh, and this one never gets old:

September 3, 2012 - Posted by | Monday Movies | , , ,

1 Comment

  1. I can’t believe I missed this post — labor movies are among the few I actually care about. I agree that 9 to 5 is indispensable. W/r/t the fantasy enactment of class consciousness, the part where Lily Tomlin gives of the tour of the new, improved office actually and literally has made me cry.

    I say this all the time, but The Devil and Miss Jones (1941 with Jean Arthur, you filthy-minded creatures) is one of my favorites of all time.

    Comment by jms | September 7, 2012

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