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- 1 videocassette (VHS) (105 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.
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- Benét, Stephen Vincent,Ivens, Joris,Lorentz, Pare.McClure, H. B.
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- Critics' Choice Video.
- Contents: The river / written and directed by Pare Lorentz (30 min.) -- The plow that broke the plains / written and directed by Pare Lorentz (26 min.) -- The new frontier / directed by H. B. McClure ; written by John H. Caulfield (11 min.) -- Power and the land / directed by Joris Ivens; commentary by Stephen Vincent Benet (38 min.)Originally produced between 1934 and 1940.Summary: These four government-sponsored educational shorts are tributes to Depression-stricken America, photographed by some of Hollywood's most notable cameramen. The River, nominated for a Pulitizer Prize in poetry, traces the history of the Mississippi River and its tributaries and emphasizes the need for conservation and rehabilitation. The plow that broke the plains traces the social and economic history of the Great Plains. The new frontier describes a governmental program for jobless men. Power and the land portrays a farm family before and after electrification of their farm.Title from cassette label.