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

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Series IV: The River, 1935-1943, undated

In June 1936, Lorentz pitched the idea for his second film, The River. In his original conception, the documentary would follow a single drop of water as it flowed from the source of the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way, the words and images would depict the social, ecological, and economic life of the Mississippi Valley, which at the time was home to more than half of the nation’s population. Later, he scrapped the original idea of tracing the river’s length and instead based the action around the tributaries flowing into the main stream. One of the main themes of the film is humanity’s careless stewardship of the river, which had led to serious erosion and flooding. The first screening was held in New Orleans in October 1937.

Subseries 1. Printed Materials and Publicity 1936-1940, undated

This subseries contains press reviews, distribution materials, shooting record from production and screening.

Paramount Reports From Exchanges, 1938-1939
(4 Folders)
46

Box 47
Folder 1 to 4
The Land, 1939-1940
Box 47
Folder 5
Movie Making Ideas, 1936-1939
Box 47
Folder 6
U.S. Government Films, 1938-1939
Box 47
Folder 7
Postaudit and Claims, Letters, 1937-1940

Box 48
Folder 1
Budget, 1935-1937
Box 48
Folder 2
New Orleans Voucher,
1940
Box 48
Folder 3
Miscellaneous Pieces Re: The River,
1938
Box 48
Folder 4
The River, signed by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, 1935-1938
Box 48
Folder 5
Publicity,
1937
Box 48
Folder 6
The River, a U.S. Documentary Film,
undated
Box 48
Folder 7
Publicity Book,
undated
Box 48
Folder 8
Press Information,
undated
Box 48
Folder 9
Venice Film Festival Award,
1938

Box 49
Folder 1
Grand Shorts Award,
1938
Box 49
Folder 2

Subseries 2. Subject Files, 1935-1943

These folders contain research materials used by Lorentz to write the screenplay and choose locations.

General Information, 1938-1941

Box 50
Folder 1
Australia, Mervyn Scales, 1938-1940
Box 50
Folder 2
Biographies,
undated
Box 50
Folder 3
Book, The River, 1937-1938
Box 50
Folder 4
Booking, 1938-1939
Box 50
Folder 5
Booking Reports, Griswold Summaries, 1936-1938
Box 50
Folder 6
Booking Reports, Commercial Paramount, 1938-1939
Box 50
Folder 7
Booking Reports By State, 1938-1940
Box 50
Folder 8
Bookings, Balaban and Katz,
1937
Box 50
Folder 9
Bookings, Boston Opening and Run, 1937-1939
Box 50
Folder 10
Bookings, Cameo Theater,
1938
Box 50
Folder 11
Bookings, Special, 1938-1939
Box 50
Folder 12
Brief Synopsis of The River,
undated
Box 50
Folder 13
Cameramen For The River,
1937

Box 51
Folder 1
Canadian Showings and Requests, 1938-1939
Box 51
Folder 2
Commercial Appeal Article,
1937
Box 51
Folder 3
Contract, Paramount, 1937-1940
Box 51
Folder 4
Copyright,
1938
Box 51
Folder 5
Criterion Opening,
1938
Box 51
Folder 6
Cutting Continuity,
1938
Box 51
Folder 7
Distribution Statistics, 1939-1940
Box 51
Folder 8
Distribution, March-July 1939- January-June 1940
(3 Folders)
Box 51
Folder 9 to 11
Distribution--Foreign, 1937-1940

Box 52
Folder 1
Distribution--Migrant Camp Movies,
1938
Box 52
Folder 2
Distribution--Non-Commercial, 1937-1940
Box 52
Folder 3
Distribution Policy,
1938
Box 52
Folder 4
Distribution Requests--Commercial, 1937-1938
Box 52
Folder 5
Fan Mail, 1937-1939
Box 52
Folder 6
Location Trip Diary,
1936
Box 52
Folder 7
Location Background,
1937
Box 52
Folder 8
Lorentz Coast Trips, 1937-1938
Box 52
Folder 9
Mississippi Premieres, 1937-1938
Box 52
Folder 10
Education Plan,
1938
Box 52
Folder 11
Exchange List,
1939
Box 52
Folder 12
Griswold, 1937-1939
Box 52
Folder 13
Financial Report,
undated
Box 52
Folder 14
Exploitation--Regional Information Advisers, 1938-1939
Box 52
Folder 15
Exploitation--Magazine and Other, 1937-1938
Box 52
Folder 16
Exploitation--Radio,
1937
Box 52
Folder 17
Miscellaneous, 1937-1940
Box 52
Folder 18
Music, 1937-1938

Box 53
Folder 1
Music and Copyright,
1938
Box 53
Folder 2
Payrolls, 1937-1938
Box 53
Folder 3
Permission to Use Title of The River,
1937
Box 53
Folder 4
Personal Appearances, 1937-1938
Box 53
Folder 5
Press Book,
1937
Box 53
Folder 6
Press Book--Paramount, 1937-1938
Box 53
Folder 7
Press Releases--NY Office,
1938
Box 53
Folder 8
Press Reviews, 1937-1938
Box 53
Folder 9
Clippings, 1937-1943
Box 53
Folder 10
Research and Production, 1935-1937

Box 54
Folder 1
Zone Reports and Activities, 1937-1938
Box 54
Folder 2
Previews, 1937-1938
Box 54
Folder 3
Prints, 1938-1939
Box 54
Folder 4
Questionnaire and Answers--Little Red School House,
undated
Box 54
Folder 5
Releases,
1938
Box 54
Folder 6
Research Data--Production #3,
1937
Box 54
Folder 7
Service Manual,
1938
Box 54
Folder 8
Stills, 1938-1943
Box 54
Folder 9
Technical Production Costs,
undated
Box 54
Folder 10
Television, 1938-1940
Box 54
Folder 11
Venice Exposition,
1938
Box 54
Folder 12
Verbatim Transcript From Movie,
undated
Box 54
Folder 13
Washington Premiere and Run,
1937
Box 54
Folder 14

Subseries 3. Still Photographs, 1935-1940, undated

Some of these are stills from the movie, while others were used for research.

Stills--"A",
undated

Box 55
Folder 1
Stills--"B",
undated
Box 55
Folder 2
New York City,
undated
Box 55
Folder 3
The River,
1940
Box 55
Folder 4
Pare Lorentz On Location,
1936
Box 55
Folder 5
Complete Set 10 Paramount Stills and 18 Rejects,
undated
Box 55
Folder 6
Publicity Stills--L8-L27,
undated
Box 55
Folder 7
Publicity Stills--L28-L60,
undated
Box 55
Folder 8
Publicity Stills--1-10,
undated
Box 55
Folder 9
Publicity Stills--11-20,
undated
Box 55
Folder 10
Publicity Stills--22-29,
undated

Box 56
Folder 1
Publicity Stills--30-47,
undated
Box 56
Folder 2
Publicity Stills--48-55,
undated
Box 56
Folder 3
Carded Stills,
undated
Box 56
Folder 4
Still Photographs,
undated
(3 Folders)
Box 56
Folder 5 to 7
Still Photographs, 1935-1938,undated
(6 Folders)

Box 57
Folder 1 to 6
A Complete Set of 10 Stills,
undated
Box 57
Folder 7
Still Photographs,
undated
(6 Folders)

Box 58
Folder 1 to 6

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