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City, The

Synopsis
Based on the Lewis Mumford book, ‘The Culture of Cities’, which analyses the historical phases and modern social consequences of metropolitan life. Made for the 1939 New York World’s Fair ("The World of Tomorrow"), THE CITY is a seminal documentary film distinguished for the organic integration of narration (scripted by city planner Lewis Mumford), cinematography (Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke), and music (Aaron Copland). The score, arguably Copland’s highest achievement in film, was also his ticket to Hollywood; it has been called "an astonishing missing link not only in the genesis of Copland’s Americana style but in American music and cinema" (Mark Swed, The Los Angeles Times). As Copland created no suite from THE CITY, the 2009 DVD version marks the first recording of this music in its entirety other than the original film.



DVD extras include: :
- THE CITY (1939) - with the original 1939 soundtrack, featuring Morris Carnovsky (narrator) and an orchestra conducted by Max Goberman
- Which Playground for your Child: Greenbelt or Gutter? (2000) - a documentary from the Greenbelt Museum featuring interviews with three Greenbelt "pioneers"; George Stoney in conversation with Joseph Horowitz (2007) - a legendary documentary film-maker revisits The City.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2009
Year of production
1939
Subjects
Architecture; Geography; Music; Sociology
Keywords
cities; cities & towns; film music; Mumford, Lewis; new towns; town & regional planning; Copland,Aaron

Credits

Director
Ralph Steiner; Willard Van Dyke
Producer
Ralph Steiner
Writer
Lewis Mumford
Composer
Aaron Copland
Cast
Willard Van Dyke 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£14.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
132 minutes
Year
2009

Type
Film
Format
16mm
Availability
Hire

Production Company

Name

Civic Films

Sponsor

Name

American Institute of Planners

Distributor

Name

Naxos Records

Email
cds@selectmusic.co.uk
Web
https://www.naxos.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01737 645600
Fax
01737 644065
Address
c/o Select Music
Unit 8, Salbrook Industrial Estate
Salbrook Road, Salfords
Redhill
RH1 5GJ

Distributor (Hire)

Name

BFI Film Bookings Unit

Email
bookings.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/about-bfi/help-faq/film-bookings External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7957 8938 / 8935
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Moviemail

Web
https://www.simplyhe.com/3000-moviemail External site opens in new window
Phone
0844 848 2000
Address
Simply Home Entertainment
PO Box 7741
Ringwood
BH24 9FA
UK
Notes
As of December 2016 the Moviemail web presence is incorporated within the Simply Media website
 

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