The Inspector General

The Inspector General The Inspector General is a 1949 musical comedy film directed by Henry Koster and starring Danny Kaye.The film is loosely based on Nikolai Gogol’s play The Inspector General (The Government Inspector)

The plot is re-located from the Russian Empire  into an unspecified corrupted region of a country (possibly Hungary or Poland that suddenly finds itself under the supervision of the First French Empire. Georgi (Danny Kaye), an illiterate member of a wandering band of Gypsies led by Yakov (Walter Slezak) escapes from a travelling medicine show after he innocently lets slip that the elixir they’re selling is a fraud. Tired and hungry, he wanders into the small town of Brodny and while trying to sample the contents of a horse’s feed bag, he’s arrested as a vagrant and sentenced to hang the next day by a corrupt police chief, desperate to prove his efficiency. The town is run by a corrupt Mayor (Gene Lockhart), whose employees and councillors are all his cousins and equally corrupt and incompetent, but they are frightened when they learn that the Inspector General is in their neighborhood, and probably in disguise. They mistake Georgi for the Inspector and ply him with food and drink while plotting to have him killed. Naturally, their plans go awry and Georgi, despite his innocence, discovers how corrupt they really are. And when the real Inspector arrives suddenly, he also realizes that Georgi is the most honest fellow he’s met since leaving Budapest. The Inspector General names Georgi the new Mayor of Brodny and presents him the mayoral gold chain, having taken it from the old mayor saying, “We’ll put something else around your neck instead.” Yakov, who’s also wandered into the town and played an important role in Georgi’s survival, becomes Georgi’s personal servant

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Love on the Dole Love on the Dole is based on the socialist novel by Walter Greenwood about working class poverty in 1930s Northern England.
Greenwood’s novel (1933) was written during the early 1930s as a response to the crisis of unemployment, which was being felt locally, nationally, and internationally.
The film is set in Hanky Park, an industrial slum in Salford, where Greenwood was born and brought up. The novel begins around the time of the 1926 General Strike, but its main action takes place in 1931. It is a highly political film, containing a violent clash between unemployed demonstrators and the police.

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Enciclopedia Anarquista

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Anna Mendelssohn – the Guardian

Read Anna’s obituary from the Guardian newspaper
Anna Mendelssohn – The Guardian

What is Anarchism? – FILM

What is Anarchism? What is Anarchism? – Prof. David White and Ben Dean-Kawamura (Indy TV #25)
When members of Rochester Indymedia attended demonstrations against the Democratic and Republican national conventions in Denver, Colorado and St. Paul, Minneapolis late last summer, one of the striking conclusions we returned with was how the term “Anarchist” was being used by the media and law enforcement to demonize those organizing to challenge the political oligarchy represented at both conventions. In trying to sort out how law enforcement agencies and government at the local, state and national levels could justify the lockdown on these cities and the expenditure of obscene amounts of money for security, it became clear that there has been, throughout American history, an ongoing and confusing narrative about Anarchism. In this episode, Indy TV begins an ongoing series on the question of the definitions and practices of Anarchism. The guests are Professor David White of St. John Fisher College and Ben Dean-Kawamura. Professor White terms himself a “career Anarchist” and was involved with the long-lived project “Anarchist Action of Rochester”. Ben Dean-Kawamura is a long time local activist and a member of the Rochester Indymedia collective.
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