Projections of America DVD

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Projections of America is the story of a team of idealistic filmmakers who, during the darkest hour of global war, hoped the power of the movies could reshape the world.
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Projections of America is the story of a team of idealistic filmmakers who, during the darkest hour of global war, hoped the power of the movies could reshape the world.

Projections of America During the darkest hour of the WWII, a team of idealistic filmmakers hoped the power of the movies could reshape the world. Led by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Riskin, the filmmakers created 26 short documentaries about American life shown to millions of people around the world. The "Projections of America" films told stories of cowboys and oilmen, farmers and window washers, immigrants and school children, capturing the optimism and messiness of American democracy. The gorgeously crafted films were idealized versions of what America could be, created by politically engaged filmmakers who while fighting tyranny abroad, wanted also to fundamentally change America itself. But 70 years later, the films have disappeared. John Lithgow narrates this story of war, idealism, and the power of cinema. 

Producer: Antje Boehmert, Christian Popp, Peter Miller
Production Company: DocDays Productions GMBH; ARTE; ZDF
Production Year: 2016
Copyright Year: 2015
Rating: TV-G
Narrator: John Lithgow
Writers: Peter Miller
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 52 minutes
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

3 out of 4 stars
"Filmmaker Peter Miller's PBS-aired documentary, narrated by John Lithgow, looks at these idealistic films that provided a positive view on American life…this is an interesting documentary that shed light on an inspiring and little known subject. Recommended." - Video Librarian



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