I doubt The Power and the Land would even be produced today by the United States Government since it glorifies rural electric cooperatives and the government's involvement in bringing power to the rural areas of the country in the late 1930's, this stuff is way to socialist for the present mood of the country.
|The real life farm family in The Power and the Land.|
The Power and the Land has some nice photography but not unexpectedly looks hopelessly dated, with the narration glorifying the "simple people" working the land. Television has completely killed this kind of informational film.
Industrial Britain is just hopeless. The film was started by Robert Flaherty for the Grierson film unit and then taken out of his hands and reedited. The stereotypical British narrator intones about the merits of industrialization across the British empire. The word "stogy" comes to mind. This is the kind of short film that played before before the main feature in theaters during the 1930's and 40's. It's primary function was to torture the audience by boring them to death.