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The River (1938)

This documentary short film looks at the devastating and costly problems, including seasonal flooding and erosion of precious topsoil, associated with the Mississippi River system and promotes more Federal projects to remedy the situation.

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This short Depression-era documentary describes the importance of the Mississippi River to the United States. It laments the environmental destruction committed in the name of progress, particularly farming and timber practices which cause massive erosion and result in vast amounts of top soil being washed down the river into the Gulf of Mexico. The film focuses especially on the impact this has had on impoverished farmers. It ends on a very upbeat note, however, with a celebration of the TVA, "modern" farming technology, and the use of dams to control the river and prevent flooding. Written by George Schneiderman

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A Hot Time in the Old Town
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Music by Theo. A. Metz
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14 April 2002 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

The River is a very wonderful documentary, covering the importance of the Mississippi River to the United States. It's Depression-era propaganda, yes, but it's so beautifully filmed, edited, and written, as well as read. The narration is absolutely poetic. This is a must-see if for all documentary enthusiasts. 9/10.


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