For a Better America: The New Deal on Film | Chicago Reader

For a Better America: The New Deal on Film

Thirteen films, shot under U.S. government auspices between 1933 and '49, comprise this daylong 75th anniversary tribute to Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal legislation. Among the films are recognized classics—Pare Lorentz's The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936), The River (1938), and The Fight for Life (1940); Joris Ivens's Power and the Land (1940); Robert Flaherty's The Land (1942); Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke's The City (1939), with music by Aaron Copland—as well as some WPA shorts and other assorted rarities. Panel discussions and Q and A sessions continue through the day.

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