THE NEW DEAL FOR ARTISTS
LENGTH: 90 min
FORMATS: Virtual Cinema
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Wieland Schulz-Keil
NARRATED BY: Orson Welles
CREW: EDITOR: Waldemar Korszeniowski, Jim Burgess, Trudy Bagdon; CAMERA: Mike Shea, Mario Masini, Barbara Becker; SOUND: Rosetta Rust, Sukhdeo Doobay; MUSIC: Bill Winnawer
With the failure of President Herbert Hoover’s policies and ensuing Great Depression, Americans were desperate for help. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s pragmatic New Deal Program aimed to put US citizens back on their feet and back to work, and also included an innovative and lively public arts program designed to provide economic relief and jobs for artists of all walks. Nearly every artist born between 1900-1915 spent their formative years under the aegis of the Works Progress Administration. Unfortunately, with the arrival of Martin Dies’ House Un-American Activities Committee, theatre actors, directors, writers and painters soon found themselves the target of Republicans’ aggressive anti-communist agendas and the W.P.A. was under full-blown political attack.
A warm look back at W.P.A. and the most ambitious government-supported arts program since the Italian Renaissance, THE NEW DEAL FOR ARTISTS was originally made for German television as a 90-minute documentary by director/writer/producer Wieland Schulz-Keil. It premiered in the US on PBS in April 1981, and garnered critical acclaim and today, 40 years after its premiere, Corinth Films proudly presents the fascinating documentary digitally remastered from the 16MM negative. Narrated by the iconic Orson Welles, THE NEW DEAL FOR ARTISTS, also features a who’s who of 20th Century luminaries including Studs Terkel, John Houseman, Arthur Rothstein, Howard Da Silva, James Brooks, Nelson Algren and more.
Easy Reader News
“Studs Terkel himself, in classic finger-wagging mode, opens this Orson Welles-narrated film exhorting the viewer to absorb the information presented. You will be blown away by the sights, sounds, and information. Education was never this fun.”
The Washington Post
“A dazzling and moving portrait of a period that deserves its place in the sun.”
The New York Times
John J. O’Connor
“[A] warm look back at W.P.A. and the arts…This is not a dispassionate treatise. Introduced by Studs Terkel and narrated by Orson Welles, it is a celebration of an experiment that ended only, as Mr. Terkel sees it, ”when the primitives, the Neanderthals, took over.”
The New York Times
““I think one of the horrors of our society – American society – is this break with the past, this lack of continuity. Young people know nothing of the past. For that matter, even people who lived through the past have forgotten. And I think the New Deal and its arts projects are a case in point. It’s as though they never existed. Not even in the history books. Not even in the memories of people” — Studs Terkel.”
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