Originally filmed in 1979 as a PBS television show, the subject is Glencoe, Minnesota, 60 miles west of Minneapolis. The population at this time was 5,000 with 80% of German origin. Louis Malle returned in 1985 for a follow-up to see how the people he met and became friends with were doing. The community was very prosperous in 1979 but in 1985 they are feeling the crises of overproduction by farms. It’s a no win situation, you need to produce more because the prices are down but the more you produce, the more the prices go down. There are weekly foreclosures on farms and those still managing to survive are worried about their future.
This is a very good insight into a rural community with tight knit families and American values. It was interesting that Malle thought the people were too involved in grass mowing? He had planned to return before 1985 but he became too involved in other projects. 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
90 min, Doc directed by Louis Malle with many residents of Glencoe, Minneapolis.
Note: Blockbuster 3 ½*, imdb 7.4 out of 10, 100% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.
Special Note: Louis Malle, 10/30/1932 – 11/23/1995, is a French director with a long and varied career. He is well known for his drama based films but he also had a parallel career filming documentaries. He felt this kept him involved with the real world.