Power and the land

United States, 1940

Film
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Sensitive portrayal of American ideals and lifestyles, made to explain and promote the Department of Agriculture’s program of rural electrification. Filmed on the farm of Bill and Hazel Parkinson in St. Clairsville, Ohio, capturing the hardship of a nonelectrified farm and the progress and profit brought by electricity. The film is critical of the reluctance by public utility companies to install power to rural areas. A significant documentary that elevates the status of farmers and the value of their work. Cinematography, Floyd Crosby and Arthur Ornitz. Script, Edwin Locke. Editing, Helen van Dongen. Commentary by Stephen Vincent Benet. Music, Douglas Moore.

Credits

director

Joris Ivens

production company

United States. Dept. of Agriculture

United States. Film Service

Language

English

Duration

00:38:46:00

Colour

Black and White

ACMI Identifier

32292

Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Agriculture

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Agriculture - Economic aspects

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Agriculture - United States

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Agriculture and state

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Farmers

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Farmers' wives

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Rural conditions

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → United States - Rural conditions

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Rural conditions

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → United States - Rural conditions

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Rural conditions

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - United States

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Agriculture - Economic aspects

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Rural conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → United States - Rural conditions

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Electric power

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Electricity

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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