PLOW THAT BROKE THE PLAINS, THE
For a Better America: The New Deal on Film
THE PLOW THAT BROKE THE PLAINS (USA, 1936, 29 min.)
This classic film shows what happened to the Great Plains region of the United States
as a result of the uncontrolled plowing that led to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. One of the most widely praised and studied documentaries produced in America, the film uses music and images in a way that influenced a generation of filmmakers. Directed and written by Pare Lorentz. Music by Virgil Thomson. Produced by the Resettlement Administration.
Part of the program For a Better America: The New Deal on Film, which begins at 1:00 pm, and also includes THE RIVER, POWER AND THE LAND, and THE LAND
Welcome by Tom Nastick, Public Programs Coordinator, National Archives.
FREE. Reservations not required. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis.