Our Daily Bread & Other Films of the Great Depression - The Plow that Broke the Plains

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Our Daily Bread & Other Films of the Great Depression - The Plow that Broke the Plains

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Director:
King Vidor
Released:
1940
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Our Daily Bread & Other Films of the Great Depression - The Plow that Broke the Plains is a short movie written and directed by Pare Lorentz in 1936. It depicts the condition of the Great Plains of the United States and Canada after years of extensive and irresponsible farming that caused the Dust Bowl. Poor agricultural technique, greediness, lack of rotation of crops and intensive plowing led to the erosion of the ground and to the disappearance of the deep-rooted grass that was holding the soil in place and keeping the moisture in the ground. This caused massive dust storms destroying the farms and making it impossible for people to earn their living, which led to an important migration of farmers to other states, mainly in the West. The film vividly shows the devastation, the poverty and the despair among the people living in the Great Plains, as they tell their tragic stories about hopes and destinies ruined by a disaster. It is an emotional documentary with wonderful music written by Virgil Thomson.moreless
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