Sunday, April 16, 2017

And Now Miguel (1953)

United States Information Service
Directed by Joseph Krumgold
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

Sheep herding in New Mexico is the setting for this US-government produced documentary. It is told from the point of view of the youngest boy in a large family, who is pining for the day when he can join his father and older brothers in the summer pastures of the surrounding mountains. Meanwhile, he helps out whenever he can: raising orphans, packing the newly-sheared fleeces, etc. His day finally comes when his brother is drafted, which provides the film's only moment of propaganda. Otherwise, a gentle, authentic account of a lifestyle that has probably since disappeared.

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