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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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Country Boy, City Boy
27 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

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.

I'm not sure if this film is "visionary" as the description suggests. It's very interesting in the contrasts that it makes, but visionary? The real value of this film is the time capsule it has. This is 1939, America is just about to go to war (again), and here is how the country lives. This really has a strong value for seeing how the world was at this time, and how everything was looking up... we were coming out of the depression!


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