Paul Lloyd

The Travelling Players

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Directed by Theo Angelopoulos, available now on DVD and digital download

Theo Angelopoulos's 1975 film The Travelling Players is a very special film. It is set in Greece and tells the story of the struggles of Greek people in the 20th century, narrated by a group of travelling players who traverse Greek history and the Greek landscape. History in this depiction is not told by "great man" but by this group of players and the masses

Classic read - The Grapes of Wrath

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John Steinbeck, first published in 1939

John Steinbeck's novel, set in the US in the 1930s, begins with the Joad family on Route 66 crossing the Panhandle and Painted Desert on their way to California.

The "Okies" (as in Oklahoma) were subsistence farmers driven from their land when they were no longer able to pay their mortgages and the banks moved in to tractor them out. This converged with environmental reasons for their displacement - the dustbowl storms that scoured the land and ruined crops. They are migrants of misery and an enduring image of the Great Depression.

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