The Forgotten Village
|The Forgotten Village|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Herbert Kline|
|Produced by||Alexander Hammid|
|Screenplay by||John Steinbeck|
|Story by||John Steinbeck|
|Narrated by||Burgess Meredith|
|Music by||Hanns Eisler|
|Edited by||Herbert Kline|
|Distributed by||Arthur Mayer & Joseph Burstyn|
The Forgotten Village is a 1941 American documentary film—some sources call it an ethnofiction film—directed by Herbert Kline and Alexander Hammid. The film was written by John Steinbeck, narrated by Burgess Meredith, and with music by Hanns Eisler. The film was released by the film distribution partnership of Arthur Mayer & Joseph Burstyn.
The film depicts the conflicts between traditional life in a Mexican village, and outsiders who want to introduce modernization.
- Burgess Meredith – Narrator
The Hays Office refused to approve the film. The distributors decided to release the film without the Hays Office's Seal of Approval. The New York State Board of Regents banned the film because of the inclusion of a lengthy childbirth scene. But the film’s distributor protested to the State Board of Regents who lifted the ban and allowed the uncut film to be shown in New York.
Restoration and re-release
The new print was made “from the original 35mm nitrate picture and soundtrack negatives from the Stanford Theatre Foundation Collection and a 35mm nitrate fine grain master positive from MOMA.”
- The Forgotten Village on IMDb
- Kirby, David A. (September 2017). "Regulating cinematic stories about reproduction: pregnancy, childbirth, abortion and movie censorship in the US, 1930–1958". The British Journal for the History of Science. 50 (3): 451–472. doi:10.1017/S0007087417000814. ISSN 0007-0874. PMID 28923130.
- Jeffrey Bickel. "UCLA Film & Television Archive: The Forgotten Village (1941)". Retrieved 2013-06-21.
- "Recent Restorations: Treasures From The UCLA Festival Of Preservation » The Forgotten Village". Retrieved 2013-06-21.