Alabama Highlands (downloaded from Google Video). [Category: Public Service]

This 30s film profiles the state parks near Birmingham, Alabama and shows the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps in improving them. Although there’s nothing truly surprising about this film, it’s very enjoyable to watch because there are many interesting visual moments, both in terms on scenery and in terms of seeing lots of things you’re not likely to see today. In fact, this film goes way off of the historical interest scale, because it’s just so 30s. You really get a sense of the time period from this film. I especially love the title cards with their 30s graphic design. If you’re researching Alabama during the 30s, or the CCC, then this is definitely the film to watch. Also, it’s just plain well made and visually interesting.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****+. Overall Rating: ****.

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