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The World of Tomorrow

Not Yet Rated In Theaters 02/16/2009 , 83min.
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The World of Tomorrow is a delightful, lovingly assembled documentary of the 1939 New York World's Fair. Much of the footage is culled from promotional films made exclusively for the exhibition; one of these features a "typical" midwestern family, soaking in the fair's many wonders. Other sequences are lifted from home movies, given the events of six decades' past a surprising immediacy. Most of the film is devoted to the famous "World of Tomorrow" exhibit, which theorized as to what life would be like in 1960; some of this is quaint and naïve, but a lot of it is surprisingly accurate. Alternating gracefully between color and black and white, The World of Tomorrow occasionally leans towards condescension, but Jason Robards' dead-on narration sidesteps cuteness. For its many PBS showings, the 83-minute World of Tomorrow was pared down to an hour.
  • MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
  • Run Time: 83min.
  • Theatrical Release Date: 02/16/2009
  • Director(s): Tom Johnson, Lance Bird

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