Narrated by Orson Welles, THE NEW DEAL FOR ARTISTS, Remastered for its 40th Anniversary

Disclaimer; I received this DVD for free in exchange for my review, I have not been compensated in any other way

This is a informative dvd, I love sights, sounds, and information. Education was never this fun.” This moving portrait of a period that deserves its place in the sun.

With the failure of President Herbert Hoover’s policies and ensuing Great Depression, Americans were desperate for help. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s pragmatic New Deal Program aimed to put US citizens back on their feet and back to work, and also included an innovative and lively public arts program designed to provide economic relief and jobs for artists of all walks. 

Nearly every artist born between 1900-1915 spent their formative years under the aegis of the Works Progress Administration. Unfortunately, with the arrival of Martin Dies’ House Un-American Activities Committee, theatre actors, directors, writers and painters soon found themselves the target of Republicans’ aggressive anti-communist agendas and the W.P.A. was under full-blown political attack.

A warm look back at W.P.A. and the most ambitious government-supported arts program since the Italian Renaissance, THE NEW DEAL FOR ARTISTS was originally made for German television as a 90-minute documentary by director/writer/producer Wieland Schulz-Keil. 

It premiered in the US on PBS in April 1981, and garnered critical acclaim and today, 40 years after its premiere, Corinth Films proudly presents the fascinating documentary digitally remastered from the 16MM negative.

Narrated by the iconic Orson Welles, THE NEW DEAL FOR ARTISTS, also features a who’s who of 20th Century luminaries including Studs Terkel, John Houseman, Norman Lloyd, Arthur Rothstein, Howard Da Silva, James Brooks, Nelson Algren and more.


  • An exclusive 12-page booklet featuring two new essays: “New Deal for Artists: Orson Welles’ History Lesson” by National Review film and cultural critic, Armond White and “Blast from the Past: Orson Welles and New Deal for Artists Rides Again” by film critic Ed Rampell, author of “Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States”

Type: DVD/Digital (Amazon) Running Time: 90 minutes Genre: Documentary Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Audio: Stereo

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