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The Living City
Description: An award winning documentary short by John Barnes and Haskel Wexler which surveys the need for redevelopment of American cities and the forces which have created problems in urban areas; describes obstacles which deter the elimination of blighted areas and tenements and the relief of traffic congestion. The film includes scenes of St. Louis in 1890, and of present-day housing and building programs in Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.

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Clip #: TFA-214B
Length: 24:44
Year: 1953
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1950s
Region: North America
Country: United States
Subject: Street Scene
Original: 16mm
1950s, cities, descending elevator pov city buildings and construction workers, slum, girl standing on slum building balcony, urban renewal, excavator claw clearing slum debris, train passing by crowded parking lot, water wheel, oxen driven plow, blacksmith using hammer to hit horseshoe, factory, steam power, historical drawings depicting growth of cities and development of elevators and skyscrapers, structure of cities, construction site, skyscrapers, people watching construction activity, businessman and children leaving home in residential area, businessman driving from residential home through traffic and congested streets to job inside city, street scenes, traffic, pedestrians, policeman blowing whistle and holding up gloved hand to signal stop, box factory, stressed businessman taking with coworkers about transportation problems, "furnished apartment for rent" sign on tree trunk, mother chasing after boys leaving house to give them bag, teacher spinning globe and pointing out location to children seated at desks, children fighting in playground, woman shaking out mop over balcony, garbage truck collecting trash, boys throwing ball back and forth on city street, boy throwing ball and breaking store window, boys running away, boy pointing toy gun and pretending to shoot woman and children, policeman bringing boy home to mother with warning, girls playing dress up in slum, girl looking at reflection in broken mirror, images of city superimposed behind cracked mirror, City Planning Commission door opening, City Planner talking about roadblocks to city renewal, slum, horse drawn buggy, private builder talking about why he does not build new developments in slum, representative to slum owner taking about why he does not revitalize slum, low rent public housing project, slum tenants saying that they do not want to move, roadblocks to city renewal, traffic, cars driving on city street and highway, City Planner taking about people relocating to suburbs and taxes, Baltimore, Maryland, children playing on city street, woman looking out window blowing bubble, view through window woman reading next to lamp, housing code, housing inspector examining building fire escape, landlord talking to slum tenants, Baltimore Housing Court, judge striking gavel, judge deciding on sentences for tenant and slum owner, photograph of slum, housing project, playground, children swinging, city streets, factory smokestacks, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, polluted cityscape along river, Smoke Abatement Campaign, construction site, city model, Golden Triangle, downtown Pittsburgh, car pov skyscrapers, woman talking next to clotheslines, tenant meeting with planning officials, boys playing in alley, school located on heavily trafficked street, outdoor market on city street, church facade, construction vehicles clearing slum ruins, Chicago, Illinois, low rent public housing buildings being constructed, Michael Reese Hospital project, Lake Meadows Apartments, construction workers operating machinery, city model, traffic on busy city street, cityscape, Los Angeles, over the shoulder man driving car on freeway, cars driving on freeway, over the shoulder man driving car on city street and pulling into parking lot spot, hands turning ignition key off, cityscape, construction vehicle, slums being torn down, City Planning Commission door opening, city model, pedestrians crossing city street, boy playing baseball on slum alley, factory smokestacks, children playing jump rope, pollution from factory smokestacks, aerial cityscape, cars driving on highway near city, ascending elevator pov city streets and buildings under construction

Best Documentary Short Subject - 1953 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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