|Robert, I agree that the Bridge was excellent.|
Did anyone else notice that Ed Snider was credited as a producer?
Did anyone else notice the tag that the film was made with the permission but not the involvement of the estate of Ayn Rand?
Graham Beckel did the best job of portrayal. The shaggy hair and pot belly over the large belt buckle was perfect. Having interviewed many entrepreneurs over the years, he was perfectly credible as a western oilman. On MSK's OL, I explained why I liked Owen Kellogg: in a rational society Kelllogg, the nerd, would be a manager; in our world that is not possible.
I loved the industrial scenes. Dagny's greeting to Francisco, while not canonic was fitting. I thought that Dagny swallowed her line in the 20th Century factory about altruism versus compassion.
On reflection, I felt that the energy crisis of 2016 was not necessary to explain the importance of the railroad. You cannot haul everything by air or by truck. Rail remains important. Even in 1957 (or 1945 when she started), no railroad was family-owned. The Florida East Coast was perhaps the last privately-owned line in old robber baron model.
Edward Gresham Ball (March 21, 1888 – June 24, 1981)Just to ask, how will that validating crisis of 2016 play in 2026?
Arguably the most noteworthy chapter in Ball's business career was his battle against the railroad unions in the Florida East Coast Railway strike of 1963 to 1977. In order to try to save the railroad from its three decades-long state of bankruptcy, which if allowed to continue would have threatened the railroad with physical deterioration and even partial abandonment, Ball fought for the company's right to engage in its own contract negotiations with the railroad unions rather than accept an industrywide settlement that Ball thought would include featherbedding and wasteful work rules. His use of replacement workers to keep the railroad running during the strike led to violence by strikers that included shootings and bombings. Eventually, Federal intervention helped quell the violence, and the railroad's right to operate during the strike with replacement workers was affirmed by the United States Supreme Court. As the strike continued, the Florida East Coast took numerous steps to improve its physical plant, install various forms of automation, and drastically cut labor costs, all to an extent that most other railroads would not succeed in matching until years later. Ball therefore was a pioneer in the American railroad industry's struggle, beginning in the 1960s, to improve its economic efficiency
Overall, it is a fine film, one worth seeing more than once, and certainly worth owning a copy of. I believe that in the near future, other independents will make their own versions. It is possible to have your own ideal cast from all across film history with Humphrey Bogart, Marylin Monroe, Diana Rigg, and all, taking whatever roles you want.
These have been on YouTube for a couple of years.
(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 4/16, 10:37am)