Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The Jungle, Upton Sinclair's searing expose of the meat-packing industry, was given a reasonably realistic screen treatment in 1914. The film traces the "progress" of a Lithuanian family as they head for the purportedly greener pastures of the USA. The family ends up in Packingtown (a thinly disguised Chicago), where they go to work at the stockyards and slaughterhouses. The famous scene wherein a man accidentally falls into the rendering vat is vividly realized. Upton Sinclair himself appears at the beginning and end of The Jungle as a form of endorsement.
survivor, capitalism, immigrant, misery