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   Pare Lorentz Papers, 1914-1994 [Bulk Dates: 1932-1960].

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Pare Lorentz Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library. I

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Series I: Ecce Homo, 1938-1942, undated

Ecce Homo was Lorentz’s first attempt at a feature-length fiction film. It began as a radio play, first broadcast on the CBS channel in 1938. The narrative centers around four unemployed workers from the four corners of the United States who met at a filling station in Kansas. One by one, each of the men delivers a monologue about conditions in his home state, while regional music plays in the background. The radio play was supposed to be the forerunner of a feature-length film. Lorentz and his staff conducted extensive research for the production. They studied production practices at Ford’s River Rouge factory, gathered information on jobless Americans and relief organizations. Filming began in 1939, but was hampered by a lack of funds. By 1941, with much of the industrial images captured, and the name changed to Name, Age and Occupation, production began again. The picture was never completed, but much of the footage proved useful to government propaganda efforts during World War II.

Subseries 1. Correspondence, Scripts, and Research, 1938-1942, undated

The correspondence concerns the process of fundraising and shooting, as well as the details of Lorentz’s long struggle to complete the film. The scripts include both drafts for the original radio play, as well as the full-length treatment for the feature film.

"History of a Motion Picture,"
1942

Box 1
Folder 1
Activities Reports, 1938-1942
Box 1
Folder 2
Origin of Contract,
1941
Box 1
Folder 3
Correspondence, 1938-1940
Box 1
Folder 4
Correspondence--Floyd Crosby, 1937-1938
Box 1
Folder 5
Correspondence--Re: Film Footage, 1938-1942
Box 1
Folder 6
Costumes--1939-1942
Box 1
Folder 7
Name, Age and Occupation--Budget
1942
Box 1
Folder 8
Budget Detail,
1941
Box 1
Folder 9
Name, Age and Occupation
Casting,
1942
Box 1
Folder 10
Correspondence, 1941-1942
(2 Folders)
Box 1
Folder 11 to 12
Film Delivery,
1948
Box 1
Folder 13
Film Controversy, 1938-1942
(3 Folders)
Box 1
Folder 14 to 16
Music Research, 1941-1942

Box 2
Folder 1
Screenplay Drafts,
1942
(2 Folders)
Box 2
Folder 2 to 3
Newspaper Clippings,
1942
Box 2
Folder 4
Ecce Homo Outline,
1938
Box 2
Folder 5
Name, Age and Occupation--Press Releases
1942
Box 2
Folder 6
Name, Age and Occupation--Production Reports,
1942
Box 2
Folder 7
Publicity--RKO Press Releases,
1942
Box 2
Folder 8
Ecce Homo
Radio Broadcast--Transcripts,
1939
Box 2
Folder 9
Radio Broadcast--Correspondence, 1938-1941
Box 2
Folder 10
Scripts,
1938
Box 2
Folder 11
Seattle, 1938-1939

Box 3
Folder 1
Seattle Notes,
undated
Box 3
Folder 2
Ecce Homo--Scripts and Scenario,
1938
Box 3
Folder 3
Kalemis Script,
undated
Box 3
Folder 4
Ecce Homo--Shooting Notes,
1938
Box 3
Folder 5
Ecce Homo--Script Reports, 1938-1939
Box 3
Folder 6
Stackpole Sons,
1939
Box 3
Folder 7
Research
1938-1940
(2 Folders)
Box 3
Folder 8 to 9
Government Machinery,
1938
(Includes Photos)
Box 3
Folder 10
Hold The Man,
1938
Box 3
Folder 11
"Men, Methods and Machines,"
1939

Box 4
Folder 1
Relief Material,
1938
Box 4
Folder 2
Unemployed Compensation Form,
1939
Box 4
Folder 3
Unemployment,
1939
Box 4
Folder 4
Name, Age and Occupation
Script,
1942
Box 4
Folder 5
Early Treatment,
1941
Box 4
Folder 6
Notes,
1942
(2 Folders)
Box 4
Folder 7 to 8
Press Clippings, 1941-1942
Box 4
Folder 9

Subseries 2. Shooting Notes and Selected Takes, 1939-1942, undated

The shooting notes in this subseries document the shot-by-shot progress of production.

Name, Age and Occupation,
Shooting Notes,
1942
(2 of 3 Folders)
Box 4
Folder 10 to 11
Shooting Notes,
1942
(1 of 3 Folders)

Box 5
Folder 1
Record of Negative and Positive,
1948
Box 5
Folder 2
Estimating Script,
1942
(2 Folders)
Box 5
Folder 3 to 4
Ecce Homo
Selected Takes,
undated
(2 Folders)
Box 5
Folder 5 to 6
Shooting Notes,
1939
Box 5
Folder 7
Shooting Notes--Prod 3, 1938-1939
(3 Folders)

Box 6
Folder 1 to 3

Subseries 3. Still Photographs, circa 1938-1942, undated

Some of the still photographs depict the actors and filmmakers at work. But the majority consists of 8x10-inch shots, mounted on cardboard, depicting scenes from across the Midwest during the Great Depression. The images, most of which were taken by Edwin Locke, focus on industrial production, cityscapes, streetscapes, and landscapes. They were used as research for the film.

Name, Age and Occupation--Photos of Leads,
undated
Box 6
Folder 4
Decatur, Indiana,
undated
Box 6
Folder 5
Ecce Homo
Ed Locke Photos,
undated
(5 Folders)
Box 6
Folder 6 to 10
Location Shots,
undated
(2 Folders)
Box 6
Folder 1 to 12
Stills,
undated
(1 of 5 Folders)
Box 6
Folder 13
Stills,
undated
(4 of 5 Folders)

Box 7
Folder 1 to 4
Still Pictures--Cast,
undated
Box 7
Folder 5
Carded Stills--North,
undated
Box 7
Folder 6
Carded Stills--IV,
undated
Box 7
Folder 7
Carded Stills,
undated
(2 Folders)
Box 7
Folder 8 to 9
Carded Stills,
undated
(4 Folders)

Box 8
Folder 1 to 2, 4, 6
Carded Stills--Alternates,
undated
Box 8
Folder 3
Carded Stills--Alternates V,
undated
Box 8
Folder 5
Carded Stills--P. 84,
undated

Box 9
Folder 1
Carded Stills--P. 85-86,
undated
Box 9
Folder 2
Carded Stills--P. 86,
undated
Box 9
Folder 3
Carded Stills,
undated
Box 9
Folder 4
Carded Stills,
undated
(6 Folders)

Box 10
Folder 1 to 6
Carded Stills,
undated
(5 Folders)

Box 11
Folder 1 to 5
Carded Stills--Industrial America,
undated

Box 12
Folder 1
Carded Stills,
undated
(3 Folders)
Box 12
Folder 2 to 4
Carded Stills,
undated
(includes Pare on location)
Box 12
Folder 5
Carded Stills,
undated
(5 Folders)

Box 13
Folder 1 to 5
Carded Stills,
undated
(5 Folders)

Box 14
Folder 1 to 2, 4 to 6
Carded Stills--The Proffet and the Picket,
undated
Box 14
Folder 3
Carded Stills--Selected by Robert L. Snyder,
undated
(4 of 6 Folders)

Box 15
Folder 1 to 4
Carded Stills--Selected by Robert L. Snyder,
undated
(2 of 6 Folders)

Box 16
Folder 1 to 2
Name, Age and Occupation--Negatives,
undated
Box 16
Folder 3
Ecce Homo--Oversize Album,
undated

Box 17
Folder 3

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