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Major Barbara

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Good intro to corporate social responsibility.

Movie NR 1941 131 minutes
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More directly political than George Bernard Shaw's classic Pygmalion, Major Barbara provides a good opportunity for a discussion of what's now termed "corporate social responsibility." It addresses the role of the government, the church, and the corporation in meeting society's needs. Shaw, who co-wrote this movie's screenplay, was one of the 20th century's most brilliant writers, well known as a dramatist, essayist, critic, and social reformer. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925. Among the many pleasures of his work are his superb female characters -- strong, intelligent, and principled.

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