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Films for "America after the Fall": "Our Daily Bread" (1934)

July 21, 2016
Price Auditorium
Free with museum admission

This classic film from the 1930s echo many social and cultural themes found in America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s

Unable to secure studio funding for his depression era drama, King Vidor self-financed this social conscious film about John and Mary Sims, city dwellers suffering financial hardships. Relocating to the country, they establish a utopic farming cooperative with other victims of the Great Depression. The rousing final reels involving the communal construction of an irrigation ditch is still considered one of the greatest experiments in cinematic rhythm.

Screened on 16mm film and introduced by introduced by Daniel Morgan, Associate Professor, Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the College at University of Chicago.