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2014 Films


The City

Directed by: Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke
Venue: National Archives

THE CITY (USA, 1939, 33 min.)

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Shown with MEN AND DUST

Produced for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, The City is a call to rebuild America’s cities as planned communities. Featuring a beautiful music score by Aaron Copland, and based on an original story outline by American documentary pioneer Pare Lorentz, The City describes the changeover from the American village of the early 1800s to the industrialized cities of 100 years later. It presents an alternative to the poor living conditions (especially for children) in the cities in the form of planned communities like that in Greenbelt, Maryland. Directed by Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke. Produced by the American Institute of Planners.

Introduced by Tom Nastick, Public Program Producer, National Archives.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE. No reservations required.

National Archives
William G. McGowan Theater
Special Events Entrance
Seventh St. & Constitution Ave., NW
(Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial)

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