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Marc BlitzsteinHis Life, His Work, His World$
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Howard Pollack

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199791590

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791590.001.0001

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From Valley Town (1940) to Labor for Victory (1942)

From Valley Town (1940) to Labor for Victory (1942)

(p.243) 13 From Valley Town (1940) to Labor for Victory (1942)
Marc Blitzstein

Howard Pollack

Oxford University Press

This chapter studies three documentaries for which Blitzstein provided the music: Willard Van Dyke’s Valley Town, about the uses and misuses of technology; Leo Hurwitz and Paul Strand’s Native Land, about the struggle between progressive and reactionary forces in American history (and featuring a narration delivered by Paul Robeson); and Garson Kanin’s unfinished Night Shift, about the need for round-the-clock factory work to meet wartime needs. The chapter concludes with some commentary about Blitzstein’s involvement with two radio programs: Russia is Singing, about Soviet music; and Labor for Victory, about the working man and the war.

Keywords:   Willard Van Dyke, Valley Town, Leo Hurwitz, Paul Strand, Native Land, Paul Robeson, Garson Kanin, Night Shift, Soviet music

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