A Difficult Delivery: Debating the Function of the Screen and Educational Cinema through The Birth of a Baby (1938)

@article{Strassfeld2013ADD,
  title={A Difficult Delivery: Debating the Function of the Screen and Educational Cinema through The Birth of a Baby (1938)},
  author={Benjamin Strassfeld},
  journal={The Velvet Light Trap},
  year={2013},
  volume={72},
  pages={44 - 57}
}
This essay looks at the film The Birth of a Baby (1938), focusing on the controversy that surrounded its release. The film, in attempting to impart serious medical information in the tradition of educational cinema while still incorporating elements of traditional narrative entertainment, managed to transcend any easy genre classification. Because of this, the film encountered an enormous amount of resistance from forces of censorship not keen on seeing a film with expressed educational goals… CONTINUE READING

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