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Work of Pare Lorentz


Film Critic

Judge magazine, 1926–34
New York Evening Journal, 1931–32
Vanity Fair magazine, 1932–33 
Town and Country magazine, 1933–41
McCall’s magazine, 1935–41


Censored: The Private Life of the Movies
Co-authored with Morris L. Ernst
Published by Cape & Smith, 1930

The Roosevelt Year
Published by Funk & Wagnalls, 1934

The River
Published by Stackpole & Son, 1938

Lorentz on Film: Movies 1927-1941
Published by Hopkinson and Blake, 1975
Reissued by University of Oklahoma Press, 1988

FDR’s Moviemaker: Memoirs and Scripts
Published by University of Nevada Press, 1992


The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936)
Written and directed for the U.S. Resettlement Administration

The River (1938)
Written and directed for the USDA Farm Security Administration
Released by Paramount Pictures; won Best Documentary at the Venice International Film Festival; narration nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in poetry

The Fight for the Life (1940)
Written and directed for the U.S. Film Service
Released by Columbia Pictures; won Best Documentary Film Award from the National Board of Review; script included in Twenty Best Film Plays, a book by Prof. John Gassner and Dudley Nichols (Crown Publishers, 1943)

The City and The Land
Supervised and written by Pare Lorentz

Ecce Homo!
A radio drama, written and directed by Pare Lorentz

Rural Co-op
Written and directed by Pare Lorentz, set in Rockingham County, VA

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today
Directed by Pare Lorentz and shown for two years post WWII to packed houses in American-occupied Germany and other European nations; not released in the U.S. until 1979