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 »
Pretty much impossible to rate but an invaluable record of a bygone time and place.
I am sure the film makers who made this had no idea it would ever be reviewed. After all, it was put together by a couple amateurs--a doctor and his wife--from footage they made while serving in this tiny Minnesota farming community. It is the essence of what you might consider ephemeral--and yet it was somehow discovered and included in a four-DVD set entitled "Treasures from American Film Archives". As such, the film is a nice portrait of a bygone era in a part of the country pretty much ignored otherwise. As a result, it's a great historical portrait. So, despite some cheap home-made intertitle cards and some VERY abrupt edits, it is an invaluable record--something that anthropologists and historians drool over while watching. Sure, the average viewer would probably be a bit bored by all this, but considering the film's original aim, this isn't a bit problem. Worth seeing but not a film for the average viewer.
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