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At the end of the 1950s, French documentarian François Reichenbach spent eighteen months traveling the United States, documenting its diverse regions, their inhabitants and their pastimes. The result is a journey through a multitude of different Americas, filtered through a French sensibility.
Co-written with Chris Marker, this French New Wave travelogue both delights in the carnival that is American abundance and lifts the lid on cookie-cutter uniformity to reveal inequality and waste beneath. Wait for the ending: a heavenward gaze at glassy skyscrapers that is nothing short of sublime.