This Tuesday’s film: God’s Country, directed by Louis Malle

Tomorrow night (Tuesday, October 8th) at 6:30, the VCS department will present God’s Country, the next entry in this semester’s VCS biweekly film series. Here’s a little more about it, via the Criterion Collection website:

In 1979, Louis Malle traveled into the heart of Minnesota to capture the everyday lives of the men and women in a prosperous farming community. Six years later, during Ronald Reagan’s second term, he returned to find drastic economic decline. Free of stereotypes about America’s “heartland,” God’s Country, commissioned for American public television, is a stunning work of emotional and political clarity.

If you’d like to read more about the film before the screening, check out the following links:

“Malle’s ‘God’s Country’ in Minnesota” by John Corry (film review), The New York Times, December 11, 1985

“God’s Country” by Felicia Feaster at Turner Classic Movies

“Directors Cup Film Introduction: God’s Country—Louis Malle” on

“A Journey Through the Eclipse Series: Louis Malle’s God’s Country” by David Blakeslee (CriterionCast, November 29, 2010)

A photo of downtown Glencoe, Minnesota by Jon Platek, via Wikimedia Commons

A photo of downtown Glencoe, Minnesota by Jon Platek (via Wikimedia Commons)

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