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God's Country (1985)

Original footage of the prosperous farming community of Glencoe Minnesota, 60 miles west of Minneapolis, was filmed in 1979 for a PBS documentary. But for the next six years Malle was too ... See full summary »

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Louis Malle
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Credited cast:
Lowell Barnum Lowell Barnum ... Self
Arnold Beneke Arnold Beneke ... Self
Millie Beneke Millie Beneke ... Self
Donald Chapman Donald Chapman ... Self (as Rev. Donald Chapman)
Clayton Hoese Clayton Hoese ... Self
David Hoese David Hoese ... Self
Gale Hoese Gale Hoese ... Self
Grace Litzau Grace Litzau ... Seklf
Bev Mackenthun Bev Mackenthun ... Self
Jim Mackenthun Jim Mackenthun ... Self
Louis Malle ... Narrator (voice)
Rod Peddycoart Rod Peddycoart ... Self
Robert Mark Schwanke Robert Mark Schwanke ... Self
Tammy Jean Schwanke Tammy Jean Schwanke ... Self
Brian Thalmann Brian Thalmann ... Self
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Original footage of the prosperous farming community of Glencoe Minnesota, 60 miles west of Minneapolis, was filmed in 1979 for a PBS documentary. But for the next six years Malle was too busy with other projects to finish this work. He returned in 1985 for a follow-up and found the community reacting to the mid eighties crisis of overproduction in farm country. with weekly foreclosures on family farms, and many families moving to the south, Malle documented a sense of frustration and apprehension from the same participants he had befriended in better times half a decade earlier. Written by Maple-2

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Subversive French documentary
6 December 2009 | by luckyfaySee all my reviews

I found this film to be the usual French slap in America's face. The camera, all too often, focuses on fat people, on sloppy homes and on tacky rural areas. While the narration seems to sympathize with and admire the small town folks who are introduced to the viewer, the cinematography exploits and demeans them. There were, undoubtedly, thin people to be seen in Glencoe and neat, organized homes, but Malle chose to show us the worst of what was there to be seen.

I can only hope that some American filmmakers will go to France to reveal to the American public its worst elements. I can assure you, as a frequent visitor to France, that all is not well there. Foreign immigrants are not readily assimilated, thus creating severe social inequities. But Americans are not eager to unmask the French for their prejudice toward their own compatriots and their envy toward the U.S., so we're not likely to see films on the subject.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le pays de Dieu See more »

Filming Locations:

Glencoe, Minnesota, USA

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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