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In the depths of the Great Depression, the U.S. Government produced a series of films about the pressing problems facing the nation—drought, flood, poverty, and slums. Starting with a minuscule initial budget of $6,000, Lorentz, a young film critic from New York who had never made a motion picture, was hired to head the project.
As a result of the success of Lorentz’s first two films, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the U.S. Film Service in 1938.
This book combines the autobiographical history of a creative communicator and pioneer documentary filmmaker with the full scripts of The Plow That Broke the Plains, The River, Ecce Homo, and The Fight for Life. Woven into Lorentz’s materials are previously unpublished communications from John Steinbeck and a narrative of the filmmaker’s friendship with that famous author.