The River

United States, 1938

Film
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A classic documentary in the history of film, noted for its vivid imagery, outstanding musical score and verse commentary. The film traces life in the Mississippi River Valley during the past 150 years before the American Government legislated for flood control. A graphic portrayal of the consequences of sharecropping, soil degradation, unchecked soil erosion and flooding.

Credits

director

Pare Lorentz

production company

United States. Dept. of Agriculture

Language

English

Duration

00:31:00:00

Colour

Black and White

ACMI Identifier

27971

Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Agriculture

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Soil degradation

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Soil erosion

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Conservation of natural resources

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Floods

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Soil degradation

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Soil erosion

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - United States

History → History

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Preservation Print (Section 5)

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Copy

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