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Pare Lorentz papers, 1914-1994, bulk 1932-1960

Series V: Other Films, 1938-1969, undated

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

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Subseries 1. The City, 1938-1941

Stills and correspondence related toThe 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.

Box 59 Folder 1 Correspondence, 1938-1941

Box 59 Folder 2 Scripts, 1938-1939

Box 59 Folder 3 Research, 1937-1938

Box 59 Folder 4 Clippings, 1939-1941

Box 59 Folder 5 to 6 Stills, undated

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.

Box 60 Folder 1 Prospective Investors, 1950-1951

Box 60 Folder 2 H. William Fitelson, 1951

Box 60 Folder 3 Lists of People to be Invited to Showings of Nuremberg Trials Film, 1950

Box 60 Folder 4 Prospectus, 1950-1951

Box 60 Folder 5 Covington et al., 1948-1956

Box 60 Folder 6 Correspondence, 1949-1964

Box 60 Folder 7 Nuremberg Trials Film, 1949-1969

Box 60 Folder 8 to 9 The Nuremberg Trials, 1948-1952

Box 60 Folder 10 United Nations, 1950-1951

Box 60 Folder 11 Clippings, 1949-1956

Box 60 Folder 12 Nuremberg--Brief Explanation, 1949

Box 61 Folder 1 to 2 Nuremberg, 1947-1951

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

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.

Box 61 Folder 6 Cantinflas and Pare Lorentz Working Together, 1941

Box 61 Folder 7 to 8 Distribution, 1939-1941

Box 62 Folder 1 Distribution, 1939

Box 62 Folder 2 Correspondence and Clippings, 1941-1942

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.

Box 62 Folder 3 National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, 1949-1951

Box 62 Folder 4 Screenplay, 1949

Box 62 Folder 5 NFIP--Major Research, 1949

Box 62 Folder 6 NFIP--Miscellaneous Research, 1949

Box 63 Folder 1 NFIP--Film, 1948

Box 63 Folder 2 NFIP--Roughs, 1949

Box 63 Folder 3 Polio and its Problems by Roland H. Berg,, 1948

Box 63 Folder 4 Screenplay Drafts, 1948-1949

Subseries 5. Other Films, 1930s-1963

Some materials related to other film projects, includingThe Land, My Brother's Keeper,andThe Face of the Earth,an environmental documentary.

The Face of The Earth , 1950-1963

Box 64 Folder 1 The Face of the Earth, 1950-1963

Box 64 Folder 2 Correspondence, 1951

Box 64 Folder 3 The Land , 1951

Box 64 Folder 4 My Brother's Keeper , 1949

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.

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

Box 66 Folder 1 to 22 Still Photos of the Northwest, 1930s-1940s, (22 Folders)