"This is the story of a river.
A record of the Mississippi:
Where it comes from, where it goes;
What it has meant to us__
And what it has cost us."
Thus begins Pare Lortentz' monumental documentary about the exploitation
and misuse of one of our greatest natural resources. The film covers the
period from the Civil War to the disastrous floods of the 1930's.
Much of the film's power derives from the
brilliant editing that parallels the forward rush of water as it
trickles, eddies, and flows on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. Virgil
Thomson's memorable score and Lorentz' own poetic prose combine to evoke
the awesome grandeur of the Mississippi.
More than simply a plea for better land
management or a tribute to the TVA, The River stands as a testimonial to
the power of film to communicate through image, music, and the spoken