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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)

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791590.003.0013

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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