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Born: January 1, 1928 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Berlin, DE Profession: director, screenwriter, professor, critic

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Made a feature-length documentary while at Harvard and worked in various production capacities for Louis De Rochemont before establishing himself as a director of educational films and documentaries. Roemer directed his first fiction feature, "Nothing But a Man", in 1964, receiving critical plaudits for his low key and intelligent treatment of a racial theme. His sardonic comedy, "The Plot Against Harry", was produced in 1969 but languished in post-production limbo for twenty years before being released to widespread acclaim in 1989.

Made a feature-length documentary while at Harvard and worked in various production capacities for Louis De Rochemont before establishing himself as a director of educational films and documentaries. Roemer directed his first fiction feature, "Nothing But a Man", in 1964, receiving critical plaudits for his low key and intelligent treatment of a racial theme. His sardonic comedy, "The Plot Against Harry", was produced in 1969 but languished in post-production limbo for twenty years before being released to widespread acclaim in 1989.

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  Plot Against Harry, The (1989) Director
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  Haunted (1983) Director
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  Pilgrim, Farewell (1980) Director
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  Nothing but a Man (1964) Director

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Spent WWII in England
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Arrived in the US as a teenager
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Made feature-length film, "A Touch of the Times"
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Worked as writer, production manager, assistant director and editor for producer Louis De Rochemont on "Cinerama Holiday," "Windjammer," and on numerous documentaries
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Produced 12 films for the Ford Foundation with the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival Company
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Produced and directed six films for the National Science Foundation
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Produced and directed 68 films for the Heath Publishing Company, all of which were widely shown on public television
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Began a partnership with Harvard classmate Robert Young
1964:
Co-wrote, co-produced (with Robert Young), and directed first fiction feature, "Nothing But a Man"
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Became a Professor of American Studies at Yale University
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Education

Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts -

Notes

While Roemer is particularly gratified by the positive response "Nothing But a Man" has received from African Americans, he insists that he didn't make the film to advance the cause of civil rights. "I believe that stories are very important," he says. "That they sustain life. And in that sense they're political, but only in that sense. I do want to be on the side of the angels. I know that. I don't want to destroy anything. But I didn't make this film for any other reason than I think it's a great story."

(THE VILLAGE VOICE, March 2, 1993)

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