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 »
When her father becomes ill, a young woman takes over the telegraph at a lonely western railroad station. She soon gets word that the next train will deliver the payroll for a mining ... See full summary »
Francis J. Grandon,
Paul Robeson narrates a mix of dramatizations and archival footage about the bill of rights being under attack during the 1930s by union busting corporations, their spies and contractors. ... See full summary »
Three of the four cameramen (all but Paul Ivano) who worked on this film were fired by director/writer Pare Lorentz. Basically, they considered him too verbally script-oriented and not sufficiently visually oriented. One of these cameramen was Paul Strand, who went on to become one of America's most honored still photographers. See more »
The reviewer above doesn't know much about what happened in the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. By all means watch this film and listen very closely. You can almost hear the chainsaws in the Amazon from here...
This film is a priceless collection of imagery that documents what happened to that region of the country. A region that has never fully recovered from the damage humans did to it.
It is a stark look at what degenerated into a self inflicted hell, which was by no means entirely the fault of the farmers. They simply didn't know what they were doing until it was too late. As usual, the one man who stood up and tried to point out what had occurred was decried as a crank.
Thank goodness Roosevelt commissioned this film or we would have precious few moving images of the desolation that resulted.
(Also recommend: The Worst Hard Time. The untold story of those who survived the Great American Dust Bowl, by Timothy Egan.)
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