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DVD: Review: Middletown

In 1929 and 1937, sociologists Robert and Helen Lynd published the books Middletown: A Study In Modern American Culture and Middletown In Transition: A Study In Cultural Conflicts, detailing the core organizing principles and concerns of one mid-sized American town, later revealed to be Muncie, Indiana. A few decades later, Academy Award-winning documentarian Peter Davis (director of the searing Vietnam/homefront doc Hearts And Minds) headed to Muncie with a team of filmmakers for the Middletown project, a series of six documentaries about the state of work, politics, education, religion, recreation, and family life in the American heartland in the ...

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