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Our Daily Bread

            Vidor said about this film: "how I could corral this nation-wide unrest and tragedy into a film. I wanted to take my two protagonists out of The Crowd and follow them through the struggles of a typical young American couple in this most difficult period." .
             What I find most interesting in this film is the idea of the community and the scenes where community - work in unison is displayed. What I can display in the film is a constant grow of the community that came together more or less by coincidence. .
             Unable to make ends meet in the Big City, John and Mary assume control of an abandoned farm, even though they know nothing about tilling the soil. Generous to a fault, the couple opens their property o other disenfranchised Depression victims, and before long they've formed a utopian communal co-operative, with everyone pitching together for the common good. .
             John doesn't believe in charity he says. It's the idea of hard work - the American myth - that makes the community strong. However it's even more than only the struggle to succeed. For me this film also shows the struggle of man against nature. This growth of the community finals in the last scene of the film. .
             It's the common, steady rhythm and effort that saves the community from the drought. They succeed in digging a long downhill channel to divert water to the parched corn. They prepare the way for the water to wash away their pain. And when the water finally arrives in the field the people are dancing, crying, praying. .
             It's the tempo of sound and action that makes this part of the film so impressive. "Digging a long ditch in straight, pictorial action without the use of rhythmic design to integrate it could have been boring, and it would have been impractical to use more than a few cuts in the finished picture. Unified into a musical pattern, however, the episode held an emotional interest for the full eight hundred feet of its length.

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