Documentary Film Series Continues

CRANFORD — The Friends of the Cranford Public Library’s documentary film series continues with two Depression era classics, “The Plow That Broke the Plains” (1936, 49 minutes) and “The River” (1937, 32 minutes), on Monday, June 6, at 2 and 7 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue.

Both films were produced for the government by director Pare Lorentz. According to Rovi, the online film guide, “The Plow That Broke the Plains accomplished visually what President Roosevelt’s radio speeches had been doing orally: serving as a wake-up call to those Americans unaware of the deprivations of the ‘Dust Bowl.’ The River is Lorentz’s masterful follow-up to The Plow That Broke the Plains. Produced for the Tennessee Valley Authority, The River details the history of the flood-prone Mississippi basin from prehistoric times to the Depression era.”

Admission to the screenings is free and all are welcome. For additional information, call the library at 1-908-709-7272, or email the library at

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