Rather dull, but an interesting historical portrait nonetheless.
Despite AS THE EARTH TURNS being a pretty dull little film, I am actually glad the studio decided to make it. That's because although the subject matter is tough to make exciting, it's a nice historical portrait of a way of life that has long since disappeared. AS THE EARTH TURNS is the story about some farmers who had extremely hard lives, as they lived in the very inhospitable center of Maine. Filled with snow and very low temperatures, the film did a great job showing just how tough life was for these people as well as how incredibly boring life could be for these farmers--with the nearest "town" many miles away and nothing much to do to keep yourself from going stir-crazy during the long, hard winters.
As for the technical merits of the film, it's decent, though there are absolutely no stars in this Warner Brothers film. This isn't a bad thing, as stars would have distracted from the message. Overall, the beginning of the film was exceptional but the rest of it awfully episodic and tedious. Watchable and mildly interesting to the right audience.
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