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Visionary documentary that contrasts the conditions of life in small towns and in the industrialized cities, starting with a brief portrait of pre-industrial United States, then moving into... See full summary »

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Visionary documentary that contrasts the conditions of life in small towns and in the industrialized cities, starting with a brief portrait of pre-industrial United States, then moving into the modern chaotic, industrial and commercial city to reflect on the effects of this environment on family life and the raising of children, and finally proposing a return to a simpler life, in an idyllic "new city" in Maryland, constructed as a New Deal project, to promote proper upbringing of children, as well as a stable family life. Written by Anonymous

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This film was made to be shown at the 1939 New York World's Fair. It was screened at the Little Theatre in the Science and Education Building. See more »

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two thumbs in your eye
10 October 1999 | by (oklahoma) – See all my reviews

this film starts out showing an idyllic old style town, complete with 'town meetings' where everyone gets a chance to speak their mind, kids play in the yards, theres a blacksmith helping out a neighbor, blah blah blah. then it shows the horrible city where everything is dirty and the air and water are poison. this goes on for a bit. shows some very cool shots of an industrial town which being from a rural state i've never seen. anyways all this bombast ends up focusing on something called 'the new city' which is sort of a cross between a suburb and im not sure what. the modern highway is presented as the ultimate solution to the overcrowded industrial city. people go to these 'new cities' where the 'play is not so much different from the work' and people supposedly dont mind going to work. washing machines would free women from boring chores and they could sit around gossiping with their pals. you could walk to work (but i thought everyone would drive on the motor parkway?). nearby farms would supply all produce so it would be fresh. i have no idea what these guys were smoking. this movie proves that you dont have to be on LSD (not invented till the 40s) to be trippin'.


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