The Forgotten Village

The Forgotten Village

Theatrical release poste
Directed by Herbert Kline
Alexander Hammid
Produced by Alexander Hammid
Herbert Kline
Screenplay by John Steinbeck
Story by John Steinbeck
Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Music by Hanns Eisler
Cinematography Alexander Hammid
Edited by Herbert Kline
Distributed by Arthur Mayer & Joseph Burstyn
Release dates
  • 9 September 1941 (1941-09-09) (New York City)
  • 18 November 1941 (1941-11-18) (U.S.)
Running time
67 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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 Arthur Mayer & 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.[1]

The film depicts the conflicts between traditional life in a Mexican village, and outsiders who want to introduce modernization.


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.[2]

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.”[2]

The restoration premiered at the UCLA Festival of Preservation on March 14, 2011[2] and was screened at other North American cities in 2011 including Vancouver.[3]

See also


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