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The City

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(31:30), bw, sound
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.

Credits—Director: Ralph Steiner; writer: Willard Van Dyke; outline: Pare Lorentz; scenario: Henwar Rodakiewicz; producer: Henwar Rodakiewicz; music: Aaron Copland; cinematographer: Ralph Steiner.

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