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Forgotten Village


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The Forgotten Village is a 1941 American documentary film—some sources call it an ethnofiction film—directed by Herbert Kline and Alexander Hammid. The film was written by John Steinbeck, narrated by Burgess Meredith, and with music by Hanns Eisler. The film was released by the film distribution partnership of Joseph Burstyn.
The New York State Board of Regents, acting as the state's board of censors, banned the film in New York due to the film's portrayal of childbirth and showing a baby at its mother's breast.<></>
The film depicts the conflicts between traditional life in a Mexico village, and outsiders who want to introduce modernization.


  • Burgess Meredith - Narrator
  • Restoration / re-release

    A restored version of the film was released in 2011. The film was restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, funded by the Packard Humanities Institute.< name=UCLA></>
    The new print was made “from the original 35mm nitrate picture and soundtrack negatives from the Stanford Theatre Foundation Collection and a 35mm nitrate fine grain master positive from MOMA.”</>

    See also

  • List of films in the public domain

  • Category:1941 films
    Category:1940s documentary films
    Category:American documentary films
    Category:American films
    Category:Black-and-white films
    Category:English-language films
    Category:Ethnofiction films
    Category:Films based on novels
    Category:Films based on works by John Steinbeck
    Category:Films set in the 1940s
    Category:John Steinbeck
    Category:Social realism in film
    Category:Spanish-language films
    Category:Films directed by Alexandr Hackenschmied
    Alexander Hammid, Herbert Kline

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