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I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)

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Jim: (a disembodied voice emanating from a black screen) I steal!

No problem solved by deus ex machina. No subverter of the American Dream identified and exposed. The state itself is indicted for its role in the reduction of Allen to a non-person. The film does not offer any hope of redress from within the system. And Jim doesn’t even get to be a martyr.

“I steal”.

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  • Chris Kent

    Great post on this old classic, though I have not seen it in years. I always loved Paul Muni (Scarface). Bleak and depressing, and yet audiences would lap this stuff up back in the day – and ‘back in the day’ were times far more difficult than modern times, yet films with sad endings are avoided like the plague…..