Our town

United States, 1940

Film
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Thorton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play was adapted to the screen, bringing to life an array of wonderful characters played by an impressive cast. Set in Grover’s Corner, New Hampshire, the typical American small-town of the early 1900’s is vividly recreated. Frank Craven as the narrator takes us on a “peephole” tour where we are given a simple yet dramatic account of what goes on in the lives of people from childhood to courtship; from birth to death. A young William Holden and Martha Scott in her first screen appearance, are the focal characters. Sam Wood’s techniques: a series of dazzling dissolves, evocative lighting and effective montages capture the essence of the period, so much so, that “Our Town” has become a cinema classic to be treasured in the hearts of film lovers.

Credits

director

Sam Woods

producer

Sol Lesser

production company

Principal Artists

Language

English

Duration

01:30:00:00

Colour

Black and White

ACMI Identifier

39282

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Adaptations

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Family - United States

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Family - Social aspects

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Literature → American literature - Film and video adaptations

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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