Under The Boardwalk: Director Kevin Tostado’s Monopoly Movie

Arts Express: Under The Boardwalk director Kevin Tostado meets the challenge of turning the board game Monopoly into a fascinating documentary. While delving into the psychological and cultural significance of the game through the 75 years of its numerous incarnations, and what exactly makes for a timeless toy.


Also, how Monopoly originated during the Great Depression as an anti-capitalist game and then flipped the script; which real life robber baron Mr. Monopoly alias Rich Uncle Moneybags is drawn from; the dark side of the Monopoly junkie personality; what went down when Monopoly did undercover espionage behind enemy lines for the Brits in WWII; and how Donald Trump tried to play fleece the filmmaker, in exchange for being in the movie.

Prairie Miller is a New York multimedia journalist online, in print and radio, who reviews movies and conducts in-depth interviews. She can also be heard on WBAI/Pacifica National Radio Network’s Arts Express.