Clearing the dust

The black and white film is grainy, distorted, somewhat charming in its gritting vintage appeal, but its import is unmistakably bleak: This is the Great Depression in all its squalor, heartbreak, fear and despair.

And, this truth is unmistakable, too: Poverty is not pretty.

These are the messages filmmaker, director, producer and Rhinecliff resident Robert Stone conveys in “The 1930’s: The Civilian Conservation Corps,” a documentary on PBS’ “American Experience” five-part series that begins on Oct. 26.

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