Dr. Raymond Dowidat and his wife Esther have been living in the town of Cologne, Minnesota for about two years. Esther's diary gives her impression of the town, which is located close to many dairy farms. She describes the farming habits typical to the area, the operation of the local flour and feed mill, and other characteristic features of the town. Written by
One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the Minnesota Historical Society. See more »
The three actors are credited during the film by the entries in the diary. See more »
This amateur film from Cologne, Minnesota features the Guettler family and you have to think that they never imagined that people would be viewing this film decades after it was recorded but the film was selected to the National Film Registry in 2001. The film starts off with a woman writing into a diary, which we get to read via title cards. From here we see dates as well as what the woman did that day or just things she saw. From this point the entire film is basically just footage shot around the city and it includes farm machines, local restaurants, a parade and a social gathering with some turtle soup. We're told in one of the early entries that this town has 350 people and it's this that really makes this film stand out. There's certainly nothing ground-breaking here but I think the film serves a great purpose of showing what a small American town used to be like. I must admit that I was caught up in the poetry beauty of the film and especially the shots high above the city showing what few homes and buildings there were. Another major plus was getting to see various farm equipment and what exactly they were using all these years ago. I doubt many mainstream people will find this entertaining but it's certainly a good reminder of what small towns used to look like.
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