HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- According to the "Day by Day" Project at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, on Jan. 31, 1939, documentary filmmaker Pare Lorentz screened his latest film "The Fight For Life" at the White House.
The president told Lorentz that it was a “fine movie” and he hoped it would do some good.
The film was released to the public in 1940 and focused on infant and maternal mortality in the United States. It was considered experimental as an early documentary film because Lorentz employed actors as well as the film’s subjects.
The president’s mother, Mrs. James Roosevelt, said, “It’s an interesting movie, but I don’t think it should be shown in mixed company.”
The Franklin D. Roosevelt “Day by Day” Project is an interactive chronology documenting Franklin Roosevelt’s daily schedule as president, from his first inauguration in March 1933 to his death in April 1945.
The project was inspired by the work of Pare Lorentz, a Depression-era documentary filmmaker who dedicated much of his life to chronologically documenting FDR’s daily activities as president.
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is at 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park.
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