Seabiscuit History

From Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment, the Seabiscuit movie is an American epic of triumph and perseverance set during the Great Depression. Learn more about Seabiscuit history with the DVD based on the best-selling book that was one of the most popular and widely read non-fiction books of recent years. This DVD about Seabiscuit history follows the story of three men - a jockey (Tobey Maguire), a trainer (Chris Cooper) and a businessman (Jeff Bridges) - and the down-and-out racehorse that took them and the entire nation on the ride of a lifetime.

Seabiscuit History

Seabiscuit history begins in the winter of 1937, America was in the seventh year of the most catastrophic decade in its history. The economy had come crashing down, and millions upon millions of people had been torn loose from their jobs, their savings, their homes. The most brash of peoples was seized by despair, fatalism, and fear. These images were now rapidly available thanks to wirephoto services, which had debuted in Life in the month that Pollard, Howard, and Smith formed their partnership.

With the 1930's came the advent of factory-built console, tabletop, and automobile radio sets, available for as little as $5. By 1935, when Seabiscuit began racing, two-thirds of the nation's homes had a radio. At the pinnacle of his career, that figure had jumped to 90 percent, plus eight million sets in cars. Enabling virtually all citizens to experience noteworthy events simultaneously and in entertaining form, radio created a vast common culture in America, arguably the first true mass culture the world had ever seen. Racing, a sport whose sustained dramatic action was ideally suited to narration, became a staple of the airwave. The Santa Anita Handicap, with its giant purse and world-class athletes, competing in what was rapidly becoming the nation's most heavily attended sport, became one of the premier radio events of the year.

In February 1937 of Seabiscuit history, all of these new social and technological forces were converging. The modern age of celebrity was dawning. The new machine of fame stood waiting. All it needed was the subject himself. At that singular hour, Seabiscuit, the Cinderella horse, flew over the line in the Santa Anita Handicap. Something clicked: Here he was.- Laura Hillenbrand

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