Native Land

By the start of World War II, Paul Robeson had given up his lucrative mainstream work to participate in more socially progressive film and stage productions. Robeson committed his support to Paul Strand and Leo Hurwitz's political semidocumentary Native Land. With Robeson's narration and songs, this beautifully shot and edited film exposes violations of Americans' civil liberties and is a call to action for exploited workers around the country. Scarcely shown since its debut, Native Land represents Robeson's shift from narrative cinema to the leftist documentaries that would define the final chapter of his controversial film career.

Film Info

FEATURED ON THE DISC PAUL ROBESON: CITIZEN OF THE WORLD WITH THE FEATURE THE PROUD VALLEY

  • New, digital transfers of The Proud Valley and Native Land created from the best surviving elements
  • "The Story of Native Land," a new video interview with cinematographer Tom Hurwitz, son of Frontier Films cofounder and Native Land codirector Leo Hurwitz
  • 1958 Pacifica Radio interview with Paul Robeson (Courtesy of Pacifica Radio Archives)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Available In

Collector's Set

Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist

Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist

DVD Box Set

4 Discs

$79.96

FEATURED ON THE DISC PAUL ROBESON: CITIZEN OF THE WORLD WITH THE FEATURE THE PROUD VALLEY

  • New, digital transfers of The Proud Valley and Native Land created from the best surviving elements
  • "The Story of Native Land," a new video interview with cinematographer Tom Hurwitz, son of Frontier Films cofounder and Native Land codirector Leo Hurwitz
  • 1958 Pacifica Radio interview with Paul Robeson (Courtesy of Pacifica Radio Archives)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Native Land
Cast
Paul Robeson
Narrator
Fred Johnson
Farmer
Mary George
Farmer's wife
John Rennick
Farmer's son
Amelia Romano
Maid
Housely Stevens
White sharecropper
Louis Grant
Black sharecropper
James Hanney
Union president
Howard DaSylva
Stool pigeon
Art Smith
Harry Carlyle
Richard Bishop
Spy executive
Vaughn King
Wife of union president
Charles Jordan
Contact man
Robert Strauss
Grocer
Dolores Cornell
Little girl
John Marlieb
Thug
Rev. Charles Webber
Minister
Clancy Cooper
Funeral speaker
Credits
Director
Leo Hurwitz
Cinematography
Paul Strand
Editing
Leo Hurwitz
Assistant directors
Alfred Saxe
Assistant directors
William Watts
Music
Marc Blitzstein
Commentary
David Wolff
Script
David Wolff
Script
Leo Hurwitz
Script
Paul Strand
Orchestra conducted by
Lehman Engel
Sound editing
Robert Stebbins
Sound editing
Ralph Avseev
Production manager
George Jacobson
Stills
Times Wide World International News
Animation
Ted Eshbaugh Studios
Director
Paul Strand
Editing
Paul Strand

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