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Power and the Land


1941/ USA / B&W / 33 min / 35mm

Director: Joris Ivens
Script: Joris Ivens, Edwin Locke
Camera: Floyd Crosby, Arthur Ornitz
Editor: Helen van Dongen
Music: Douglas Moore 
Commentary: William P. Adams (written by: Stephen Vincent Bennet)
Production company: U.S. Film Service
Commissioned by: U.S. Department of Agriculture


In the context of New Deal politics Ivens was commissioned to film the benefits of rural electrification. The film shows the situation before and after the Rural Electrification Administration brought electricity to the farm of the Parkinson family. Although the commentary is a bit over-blown, this documentary is a beautifully poetic film on the development of the American countryside.

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