Summary:The City (1939 Documentary)
Themovie is a documentary whose main point is to compare the badpractices of an industrialized city within the conditions of anAmerican town. The film achieves this by demonstrating two livesbased on a city within different times. Produced in 1939 in New York,the movie is a classic documentary with an excellent mix of sceneryand music. The creativity and the originality of the movie results ina symphonic detail of the description of a city in a world oftomorrow.
Thefilm opens at a pre-industrial town represented in a reflective styleof looking back at the past to show how life was at the time (APA11). Then the film quickly moves to the current time represented by amodern American city life. The film shows a chaotic commercial townand a city life that are disrupted by industrial development. Thefilm emphasizes its focus on family life in relation to the practiceof raising children in a typical American town. The representation ofa city in commercial and industrial chaos gives a basis for theintroduction of how a new city like the Greenbelt, Maryland would beafter being constructed as a new deal.
Theimmediate change of scene from the old town to a modern city iseffective in contrasting the two scenarios. In addition, the contrastenables the film to present its message by showing the differencesand the changes that have occurred. Through the description of thesechanges, the film achieves its main aim of creating auto suggestionin the minds of the viewers on the things that can be done to correctthe cause of industrialization. This makes the film enjoyable and atthe same time educative to the universe.
APA,American Planning Association,TheCity (1939 Documentary).Accessed, May 19, 2014.