80 mins. Color/B&W
Beauty queens, ghosts, and wife-swapping. A humorous documentary film about America's first cookie-cutter suburb -- Levittown, New York.
At the end of WWII with the demand for housing in the United States at an all-time high, developer William Levitt and his architect brother Alfred Levitt built their vision for the future of suburban living. "Levittown" consisted of 2,000 identical houses built using an assembly line technique; each house came with a TV in the living room wall; the houses were organized into sections of winding streets named by theme; and residents were assigned to their houses in alphabetical order. Within days of Levittown's opening in 1947, every house was taken. The development was soon expanded to 6,000 houses.
Following this enormous success, William Levitt appeared on the cover of Time Magazine with the caption, "For Sale: a new way of life." The Levitts went on to build three more Levittowns and inspired the proliferation of massed-produced suburban communities all over the world. To this day, Levittown, New York is considered the birthplace of modern suburbia.
Filmmaker John O'Hagan interviewed numerous original Levittown residents and their children to ask the question of what it was like to live and grow up in America's very first "Little Boxes."
Coming soon to Amazon and iTunes.