My Country 'Tis of Thee (1950)

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A panoramic view of American history from the Pilgrims to 1950 utilizing archival footage.


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Owen Crump (narration written by)

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30 July 2008 | Bunuel1976
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| My Country 'Tis Of Thee (N/A, 1950) ***
This Oscar-nominated 20-minute short (also included on the CAPTAIN HORATIO HORNBLOWER [1951] DVD) is basically a crash-course in American history – from the days of the pilgrims through the acquisition of Independence, the Western expansion, the Civil War, and going up till the then-recent two World Wars. Needless to say, it has a strong propagandist feeling – generally depicting the American people as industrious and upholders of justice (opting, for obvious reasons, to by-pass such despicable social scourges as gangsterism and racial hatred), while constantly namedropping famous figures which have left their mark in the country’s development from a British colony to supreme world-power over the centuries. Mind you, it’s all quite interesting (though there was little even I wasn’t familiar with) and certainly entertainingly deployed; incidentally, given that the film is mostly made-up of stock footage (even the ‘staged’ scenes), no directorial credit has been attached to it!

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Release Date:

17 February 1951

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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