Native Land (1942)
Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.
Native Land Photos
as The Farmer
as The Farmer's Wife
as Hill's Son
as Union President
as Vice President
as Spy Executive
as Contact Man
as Wife of President
as Little Girl
as Joseph Shoemaker
Critic Reviews for Native Land
Manifestly, this is one of the most powerful and disturbing documentary films ever made, and certainly it will provoke much thought and controversy.
If you subscribe, as I do, to the notion that the most "dated" films are often the ones that have the most to teach us about their respective periods, you shouldn't miss this singular work.
Based on US Senate Civil Liberties Commission records and other public documents, this is American propaganda at its finest.
A curious combination of documentary and mockumentary that's both an American flag-waver and pro-union statement.
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Audience Reviews for Native Land
"Native Land" is a rousing call to action, featuring dramatized vignettes of true stories of those who risked everything to fight for their right to freedom of speech in organizing labor against big business during the Great Depression. Of special interest is the fact that the movie does not stop there, as it is also for an integrated brotherhood, open to all, while also warning about the dangers of the terrorist Ku Klux Klan. As you can see, "Native Land" is a movie that is well ahead of its time that goes beyond the accomplished way it is filmed with more than its fair share of suspenseful scenes. And as much as things have changed for the better in the decades since this movie was made, it is still relevant today as unions can still be important in this day and age where most of the workers are unorganized and issues like a working wage and health care remain paramount. Plus, Paul Robeson narrates and sings. How cool is that!
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