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American Cultural History
 American Cultural History - Family Values  (1957)
[Model A2Z-DVD-50111] [UPC 882012501115]
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Bonds that bind the family!

This DVD compassionately examines the vacillations that were taking place in the American family in the early and late ‘50s and depicts the resultant lines of reasoning that evolved.

The American Cultural History - Family Values DVD takes the viewer into the thick of a generalized epidemic of family dysfunction that was sweeping the nation in the ‘50s. The accent is not on the roots of the problem, but on possible solutions.

Mother's Day
A short 48 second clip from 1934 that plays on every American’s inborn respect for motherhood, depicted here to set the tone for what follows.

Sponsor: N/A
Producer: N/A
Year: 1934
Length: 00:00:48
Audio: Mono
Color: Black & White

Mother's Day

Your Family
Of 10.37 minute duration, this documentary was produced in 1948 by Coronet Instructional Films and gives the viewer an idealized picture of what the American family ought to be. The film diplomatically touches on some of the common situations faced at home.

Sponsor: N/A
Producer: Coronet Instructional Films
Year: 1948
Length: 00:10:37
Audio: Mono
Color: Black & White

Your Family

A Date With Your Family
Produced in 1950 by Edward C. Simmel, this 10 minute film is an interesting point of view that may have more value as a psychological study tool than of practicability. It is clearly a Utopian perspective and the viewer must decide on a personal level how valid the ‘I’m OK-You’re OK-Let’s Keep It That Way’ message is.

Sponsor: N/A
Producer: Edward C. Simmel
Year: 1950
Length: 00:10:00
Audio: Mono
Color: Black & White

A Date With Your Family

You and Your Parents
Lasting 13.05 minutes, this short film 1950 by Coronet Instructional Films offers some sage and universally applicable advice on how to view and address a case of teenage insurgence.

Sponsor: N/A
Producer: Coronet Instructional Films
Year: 1950
Length: 00:13:05
Audio: Mono
Color: Black & White

You and Your Parents

A Day of Thanksgiving
The Centron Corporation produced this touching and thought-provoking 12.28 minute film on how one American family in dire financial straits still manages to see the brighter side of Thanksgiving Day without the usual trimmings.

Sponsor: N/A
Producer: Centron Corporation
Year: 1951
Length: 00:12:28
Audio: Mono
Color: Black & White

A Day of Thanksgiving

Our Changing Family Life
This 20.03 minute historical analysis of how the American family has metamorphosed from 1880 to 1950 was sponsored by McGraw Hill Text Films in 1957.

Sponsor: McGraw Hill Text Films
Producer: Knickerbocker Productions
Year: 1957
Length: 00:20:03
Audio: Mono
Color: Black & White

Our Changing Family Life

Running Time:
DVD One : 01:07:40


Trouble in Paradise. The first rumblings of American familial discontent in the early ‘50s came as a shock to the established patriarchal system. Rebellion? In MY household? Of course, the symptoms became most evident only when Vietnam reared its ugly head a few years later;but the groundwork for some serious questions was being laid back then. I clearly recall the spate of ‘damage control’ efforts that was launched as a counter-offensive - it included some decidedly fire-and-brimstone warnings by the church, a slew of unreal ‘back-to-the-basics’ articles in leading periodicals...and, of course, a number of short films that were screened in movie houses and on television. These ranged in content from blatant emotional blackmail to some pretty sensible stuff.

The American Cultural History - Family Values DVD from A2ZCDS is a thoughtfully compiled collection of these films, because it effectively represents the multi-faceted approaches described above. The viewer is presented with an accurate cross-section of viewpoints on family values that were popular in the ‘50s. While some of them are clearly obsolete, it makes for refreshing hindsight study and can teach us a lot about where the family structure we are accustomed to now came from.


"Hmmm...that was very interesting. The one thing I can say with conviction is that I’m glad I didn’t have to grow up in those times. I can understand that the family was in a state of flux in the ‘50s, but they sure got extreme in the Solutions Department, didn’t they? On the other hand, I completely agree with the conclusion - the American Family must stay unassailable. I now understand where my parents came from, and salute A2ZCDS for this highly provocative DVD."

Customer's Name : Drew Hennesey (Seattle, Washington)

"I particularly liked the ‘You and your parents’ clip. It is worthy of repeated screenings at PTA meetings and counseling centers. We had problems of our own back then, but couldn’t afford a TV and missed some of these films. All in all, the American Cultural History - Family Values DVD is an eye-opener. I may not go along with some of the viewpoints, but this is - after all - history by now. You are to be commended for this, and I fully intend to buy the whole series."

Customer's Name : Charles A. Cressler (Covington, Kentucky)

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Product Details
Video Run Time - 1:07:40
Video Format - NTSC
Aspect Ratio - 4:3 Standard
Region Code - Worldwide
Packaging Type - Amaray
Audio Languages - English
Release Date - 1957
UPC - 882012501115
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