Courtesy of The River
Directed by: Pare Lorentz
Venue: National Archives
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THE RIVER (USA, 1937, 32 min.)
Shown as part of the Rivers Program
Pare Lorentz’s monumental documentary about the exploitation and misuse of the Mississippi River, one of our greatest natural resources, The River was conceived as a tour of the Mississippi that would begin in the northern tributaries and end at the Gulf of Mexico. Lorentz began shooting in the fall of 1936 with two crews that traveled downriver to New Orleans. But in January 1937, after the initial shoot, flooding devastated the river valley and Lorentz called his cameramen back to document the real-life drama. Working long hours, they traveled back up the Mississippi and the Ohio to record the efforts of relief workers and this footage provides an electrifying climax to the film. Directed and written by Pare Lorentz. Music: Virgil Thomson. Narrator: Thomas Chalmers. Producer: Farm Security Administration.
Introduced by Tom Nastick, Producer, Public Programs, National Archives.
Shown with THE COLUMBIA.
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