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

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Series V: Other Films, 1938-1969, undated

This series contains materials related to some of Lorentz’s other film projects.

Subseries 1. The City, 1938-1941

Stills and correspondence related to The City (1939). Lorentz wrote the screenplay, but the picture was directed by Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke, both of whom had previously worked with Lorentz as cinematographers. The film was commissioned by the American Institute of Planners and first aired at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. Like earlier efforts, The City had a message. In this case, it was the perils of city life. It stressed the purity of rural and village living and stressed the beneficial effects of increased suburban housing.

Correspondence,
1938-1941

Box 59
Folder 1
Scripts, 1938-1939
Box 59
Folder 2
Research, 1937-1938
Box 59
Folder 3
Clippings, 1939-1941
Box 59
Folder 4
Stills,
undated
Box 59
Folder 5 to 6

Subseries 2. Nuremberg Trials Film, 1947-1969

In 1946, the Allied Control Council agreed to produce a documentary film on the Nuremberg Trials. Two million feet of captured German film were scattered through the United States. Lorentz took responsibility for compiling the footage into a coherent whole. He created a 75-minute film, entitled “Nuremberg – Its Lesson Today.” Shown in commercial theaters in the U.S. Zone in Berlin, to great acclaim, it was pulled from circulation when the Cold War changed the focus of American foreign policy. Materials include correspondence, clippings, and a “brief explanation” of the project.

Prospective Investors, 1950-1951

Box 60
Folder 1
H. William Fitelson,
1951
Box 60
Folder 2
Lists of People to be Invited to Showings of Nuremberg Trials Film,
1950
Box 60
Folder 3
Prospectus, 1950-1951
Box 60
Folder 4
Covington et al., 1948-1956
Box 60
Folder 5
Correspondence, 1949-1964
Box 60
Folder 6
Nuremberg Trials Film, 1949-1969
Box 60
Folder 7
The Nuremberg Trials, 1948-1952
Box 60
Folder 8 to 9
United Nations, 1950-1951
Box 60
Folder 10
Clippings, 1949-1956
Box 60
Folder 11
Nuremberg--Brief Explanation,
1949
Box 60
Folder 12
Nuremberg, 1947-1951

Box 61
Folder 1 to 2
Trial of the Major War Criminals,
1947
Box 61
Folder 3 to 5

Subseries 3. Good Neighbors, 1939-1941

Lorentz envisioned this as “a gentle comedy” about the relations between North and South America. He hoped to work with Cantinflas, whom he described as “the greatest star in Latin-America.” Materials include correspondence, clippings, and distribution plans.

Cantinflas and Pare Lorentz Working Together,
1941
Box 61
Folder 6
Distribution, 1939-1941
Box 61
Folder 7 to 8
Distribution,
1939

Box 62
Folder 1
Correspondence and Clippings, 1941-1942
Box 62
Folder 2

Subseries 4. Polio, 1948-1951

A screenplay Lorentz wrote on the behest of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. The files consist of correspondence and research, as well as screenplay drafts.

National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, 1949-1951
Box 62
Folder 3
Screenplay,
1949
Box 62
Folder 4
NFIP--Major Research,
1949
Box 62
Folder 5
NFIP--Miscellaneous Research,
1949
Box 62
Folder 6
NFIP--Film,
1948

Box 63
Folder 1
NFIP--Roughs,
1949
Box 63
Folder 2
Polio and its Problems by Roland H. Berg,
1948
Box 63
Folder 3
Screenplay Drafts, 1948-1949
Box 63
Folder 4

Subseries 5. Other Films, 1930s-1963

Some materials related to other film projects, including The Land, My Brother’s Keeper, and The Face of the Earth, an environmental documentary.

The Face of The Earth, 1950-1963
The Face of the Earth, 1950-1963

Box 64
Folder 1
Correspondence,
1951
Box 64
Folder 2
The Land,
1951
Box 64
Folder 3
My Brother’s Keeper,
1949
Box 64
Folder 4

Subseries 6. John Vachon Stills, 1930s-1940s

A large collection of still photographs taken by John Vachon, an acclaimed New Deal era shooter. Most of the pictures depict the American Northwest.

Still Photos of the Northwest, 1930s-1940s
(26 Folders)

Box 65
Folder 1 to 26
Still Photos of the Northwest, 1930s-1940s
(22 Folders)

Box 66
Folder 1 to 22

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