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||IMDB Rating: 5.3/10 from APPROVED votes
||Release: 07 Mar 1940 /
||Genre: Drama, History
||Director: Pare Lorentz,
||Stars: Drama, History
||Synopsis: An interne witnesses the death of a young mother in a maternity hospital delivery room. Disturbed that he might have overlooked something that could have prevented the death, he goes to a ...
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This is one of a handful of documentary dramas made by Pare Lorentz in the
late thirties and early forties. This one looks at a maternity clinic in
unidentified urban setting, where an intern under the guidance of
obstetricians attempts to learn how to save the lives of impoverished and
undernourished mothers and their babies amidst the slums.
It is pretty depressing stuff with a number of non-actresses in the roles
the many pregnant mothers - with glassy-eyed expressions of hopelessness
helplessness, to whom birth hardly seems a joyous occasion. The slums are
This whole 69 minute enterprise is bolstered by an Oscar-nominated musical
score by Louis Gruenberg (one of three nominations he was to receive - the
others for SO ENDS OUR NIGHT (1942) and THE COMMANDOS STRIKE AT DAWN
(1942)). It is certainly inventive and effective, using staccato
patterns with drum and solo piano to emulate heart beats and tension. As
well as full orchestra, there is also good use made of the solo cello.
full orchestral moments are terribly dramatic, at some points far more
dramatic than the scenes they are underscoring, but all in all an
thoughtful score for a non-narrative film and a deserved Oscar nom, in my
Only two other documentaries (VICTORY THROUGH AIR POWER and BIRDS DO IT,
BEES DO IT) have been nominated for Original Musical Score
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