Cinema: The New Pictures: Jun. 3, 1940

Our Town (United Artists) is Grover's Corners, N. H., population 2,200. It is a basic unit of U. S. life, lost in the continental mass of U. S. farmland.

Our Town is also a poem in play form. Thornton Wilder wrote it in the only poetic idiom which Americans always understand—simple U. S. speech in which emotion supercharges the common forms. He wrote it out of the poetic materials to which Americans always respond—the casual routine of their lives amid the sights, sounds, smells of the American earth. Because Sam Wood, who directed...

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