Discussion with Peter Rutkoff
Produced in the late 1930s when the industrial cities and towns of America were polluting the atmosphere at an incredible rate, The City, commissioned by the American Institute of Planners, promoted a romantic vision—the building of planned green cities such as Greenbelt, Maryland—and thus tried to encourage an exodus from overcrowded and “evil” cities to peaceful suburbs (following the film’s logic, these should emulate New England towns). Screened at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, the poetically-tinged film was directed by Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke from an outline by Pare Lorentz, with commentary written by Lewis Mumford and a musical score by Aaron Copland. “An effective sales pitch for city planning and urban renewal”—Charles Musser. Join us for brunch as Professor Peter Rutkoff (Kenyon College) once again leads a post-screening dialogue following the 43-minute film.