#6. Treasures III: Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934
This third collection of early shorts and features kept in the vaults of U.S. archives and presented by the National Film Preservation Foundation bulges with big angry issues. For starters: immigration, abortion, atheism, organized crime, Native American rights, women's rights and the treatment of wounded veterans. If there was a debate that could start a fight, the first moviemakers were instantly ready to dramatize and exploit it. You'll find Cecil B. De Mille spectacles, cliff-hanging serials, cartoons, documentaries and newsreels all fascinating to anyone who cares about how Americans 80 to a 100 years ago faced the problems that still vex our society.
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