…wealth and privilege, and privilege without wealth…

…as art imitates life

In Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-first Century he points to the wealth of the ‘upper class’ (10%) in Europe, a wealth that would be decimated, even destroyed for several, during the two world wars, even if recuperating somewhat afterward. To support his view we have a look at the movies. This one is set during the World War II. In it we witness the strict class lines, social status to which there has to be unquestioned adherence, despite some aspirations.

The movie is Five Fingers (still on Youtube?) with the late James Mason, Danielle Darrieux, and Michael Rennie, the lead stars. It is a fictional interpretation of a true story. Aside the fact that the movie excels in the areas of script (couple faux pas, aside), dialogue, acting and drama, we have some classic one liners, with one especially apt and cutting. But first, some background. Read the rest of this entry »