MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 20,327 this week

The City (I) (1939)

6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 199 users  
Reviews: 6 user

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 »

Writers:

(outline), (scenario), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 612 titles
created 24 Feb 2013
 
list image
a list of 650 titles
created 22 Mar 2013
 
a list of 637 titles
created 12 Sep 2013
 
a list of 669 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 110 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The City" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The City (1939)

The City (1939) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The City.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Night Mail (1936)
Short | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Shows the special train on which mail is sorted, dropped and collected on the run, and delivered in Scotland overnight.

Directors: Harry Watt, Basil Wright
Stars: Arthur Clark, John Grierson, Stuart Legg
Primary (1960)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Cinema verite feature that follows presidential hopefuls John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey during the 1960 Wisconsin primary

Director: Robert Drew
Stars: Robert Drew, Hubert H. Humphrey, Joseph Julian
The River (1938)
Documentary | Short | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

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, ... See full summary »

Director: Pare Lorentz
Stars: Thomas Chalmers
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl
Stars: David Albritton, Arvo Askola, Jack Beresford
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The second film in Terence Davies's autobiographical series ('Trilogy', 'The Long Day Closes') is an impressionistic view of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, based on ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Davies
Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Freda Dowie, Angela Walsh
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Obsessed with a general's woman, a clergyman has strange visions of death and lust, struggling against his own eroticism.

Director: Germaine Dulac
Stars: Alex Allin, Genica Athanasiou, Lucien Bataille
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Judy O'Brien is an aspiring ballerina in a dance troupe. Also in the company is Bubbles, a brash mantrap who leaves the struggling troupe for a career in burlesque. When the company ... See full summary »

Directors: Dorothy Arzner, Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Louis Hayward, Lucille Ball
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A surrealistic film with input from Salvador Dalí. Director Luis Buñuel presents stark, surrealistic images including the slitting open of a woman's eye and a dead horse being pulled along ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel
The City II (1939)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An analysis of the development of London

Director: Ralph Elton
Stars: Charles Bressey, Herbert Hodge
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Morris Carnovsky ...
Narrator (voice)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Short

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 May 1939 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Connections

Featured in Lost Forever (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Good City/Bad City
21 November 2005 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

In this appeal to razing down neighborhood slums, the plea to build new cities, and get rid of the ghettos is emphasized. Strikingly visual for such a messaged film, the narration is pretty sparse, sticking with visuals of the city ala Baraka and Koyaanisquatsi. What I like about this film is again the visuals, treating petty items such as road signs into work of art, and it's salute to the car is very masterful as well. What I didn't like, I didn't really think the narration needed to be there, I would be perfectly happy with just the visuals alone, rather then the somewhat stilted narrative. Still, I think this is a recommended film. Turn down the volume during the narration, and then turn it back up again when the (excellent) music starts up again.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This film is showing tonight only (02/24/2005) in Dallas sharkins
Discuss The City (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?