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Frame enlargement from "Our Day"

Date produced: 1938

Filmmaker(s):

Wallace Kelly

Languages:

English

Length:

17 minutes

Format:

16mm

Colour:

B&W

Sound Notes:

Silent

Awards/Recognition:

National Film Registry (U.S.), 2007

Description:

""Our Day" is a smart, entertaining day-in-the-life portrait of the Kelly household, shown in both idealized and comic ways. This silent 16mm home movie uses creative editing, lighting and camera techniques comparable to what professionals were doing in Hollywood. His amateur cast was made up of his mother, wife, brother and pet terrier. "Our Day" also contains exceptional images of small-town Southern life, ones that counter the stereotype of impoverished people eking out a living during the Depression. The 12-minute film documents a modern home inhabited by adults with sophisticated interests (the piano, literature, croquet) and simple ones (gardening, knitting, home cooking). Kelly, a newspaperman, was also an accomplished photographer, painter, and writer. He began shooting film in 1929 and continued until the 1950s." Library of Congress (U.S.)

Resources:

"Our Day" by Margaret Compton via Library of Congress

Locations:

  • Lebanon, Kentucky (Subject)

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Repository:

Center for Home Movies

Screenings:

  • New York City Home Movie Day, Anthology Film Archives, August 2007, New York, NY

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