"Capitalism: A Love Story," the Michael Moore documentary film that begins playing Friday at the Nickelodeon Theatre, features footage of an FDR speech that Moore got from USC's Fox Movietone Collection.
There's more. The FDR segment includes "The Last Summer Rose," sung by 1940s movie star Deanna Durbin. Durbin's voice remains, but the instruments were re-recorded for the film; Camden native Claire Bryant was one of a dozen string performers on the track.
Bryant, a cellist who lives in New York, was called in for a recording session two weeks before "Capitalism" debuted in Los Angeles and New York.
"I was really psyched," Bryant said about the gig. "(The music is) really beautiful. They wanted to have a modern string sound accompanying her."
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There's more. After seeing the film, Bryant and a friend went out to have a glass of wine. Who did she see having dinner? Moore.
"I talked to him as he was leaving the restaurant," said Bryant, who told Moore she played on the song. "He was sort of, 'Oh, my gosh. Wow, that's crazy.'
"That's how New York is."
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