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The City

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.

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