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The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936)

Unrated | | Documentary, Short, Drama | 10 May 1936 (USA)
This documentary is about what happened to the Great Plains of the United States when a combination of farming practices and environmental factors led to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

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This documentary is about what happened to the Great Plains of the United States when a combination of farming practices and environmental factors led to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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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 »

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Narrator: Wheat for the boys Over There! Wheat for the Allies! Wheat for the British! Wheat for the Belgians! Wheat for the French! Wheat at any price! Wheat will win the War!
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28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Plow That Broke the Plains, The (1936)

*** (out of 4)

Pare Lorentz directed and wrote this documentary that takes a look at the Dust Bowl era and the reasons it happened. The opening title sequence gives us a brief story of how good American's always got rid of bad things on their land and the film says what a good thing is was that we drove the Indians off the land. That might not go over too well today but outside of that this is a pretty good short documentary. I've read that some consider this one of the finest ever made but I wouldn't go that far. The cinematography is terrific as is the music score but the telling of the story isn't the greatest I've seen. According to the IMDb five cinematographers were used because no one could give the director what he wanted for the film.


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