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The Making of Power and the Land (1940)
Pare Lorentz, born in Clarksburg, West Virginia in 1905, had been a movie critic, the co-author of a book on movie censorship, and an author of a picture book on the first year of the New Deal before he was asked by Rexford Tugwell of the Resettlement Administration to make a film on the dust bowl. After Pare Lorentz's films The Plow that Broke the Plains and The River received widespread critical acclaim, President Roosevelt appointed him to head a new agency The United States Film Service. It was in that capacity that the REA approached Lorentz about producing a film showing the benefits of rural electrification. Finding himself too busy on other projects, Lorentz turned over the directorship of that movie to Joris Ivens, but he remained the producer and as such did have some influence on the final product Power and the Land.

For more information on Pare Lorentz, widely considered to be "FDR's Filmmaker," please click on the items below, which include essays by Dr. Robert J. Snyder on (Pare Lorentz 1905-1940) and Dr. Robert J. Snyder on (Pare Lorentz 1940-1992) and video interviews with (listed in alphabetical order) Lora Hays, Dr. Cynthia Koch, Vern Newton, William J. Sloan, Dr. Robert L. Snyder, and George C. Stoney:



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Essay by Dr. Robert J. Snyder
Pare Lorentz
(1905-1940)

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Essay by Dr. Robert J. Snyder
Pare Lorentz
(1940-1992)

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FDR's Filmmaker
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A Humanizing Face
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A Perfect Statement
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Philosophy
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Truly Revolutionary
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More Influence
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He Made More Films
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He Had a Life After
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