This short documentary is part of a series hosted by American historian, sociologist, philosopher of technology, and literary critic Lewis Mumford, who was particularly noted for his study of cities and urban architecture. In this episode, Mumford considers the “loss of vitality” that he perceives in contemporary cities that have become crowded and resulted in suburban flight. “The overfilled urban container has burst,” he proclaims. What will become of the faceless, formless contemporary city? This mid-20th century film is a prescient look at today’s urban landscapes.
Lewis Mumford on the City, Part 6: The City and the Future, Mogens Gander, Jacques Giraldeau, Robert Humble, Kirk Jones, Derek Knight, Jean-Claude Labrecque, Claus Loof, Ian MacNeill, Terence Macartney-Filgate, Doug McKay, Reginald Morris, Erik Nielsen, Bryan Probyn & Donald Wilder, provided by the National Film Board of Canada