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Herbert Kline papers

Document | Accession Number: 2016.391.1

Correspondence, documents, and photographs, related to the work of American documentary filmmaker Herbert Kline, and in particular his work on films documenting political crises in Europe in the late 1930s and early 1940s, in particular the film "Crisis," which treated the subject of Czechoslovakia during the Sudeten crisis of 1938. Includes scripts, correspondence with film companies, letters of reference, news clippings, and other materials related to the production and distribution of "Crisis," as well as material related to a film about the Spanish Civil War, "Heart of Spain" and a subsequent production set in Mexico, "Forgotten Village," on which he collaborated with John Steinbeck.

Material related to the Spanish Civil War includes various drafts, treatments, and script fragments of the two films that Kline made in Spain in 1936-1937, various draft texts recounting individuals and events he encountered in Spain. Also included are clippings and reviews of Kline’s films, a letter from the Spanish ambassador to the United States, sent to the ministry of propaganda in Madrid, commending Kline’s film “Heart of Spain,” and some of the materials in the “Photographs” series, although not definitively identified, depict individuals that Kline and Rose Harvan likely knew in Spain.

The materials related to the film Crisis include correspondence and documents related to the production of the film, reviews, and various drafts of portions of the script, including the text of the narration, as well as telegrams sent during production, typescript texts of Kline’s experiences during the filming, and photographs from Czechoslovakia during that period, including some that may depict scenes recorded in the film.

The remaining materials consist of fragmentary documents and ephemera, some of which relate to Kline’s later productions, such as The Forgotten Village, his wartime experiences, and his relationship with Rose Harvan. Included are photographs that are largely unidentified, but which appear to depict Kline and Harvan in Spain and Czechoslovakia. Also included is a telegram from German filmmaker Max Ophüls, sent to Kline on 3 August 1941, and announcing his escape from Nazi-occupied Europe and his arrival in New York with the words “Tuesday New York So Happy.”

inclusive:  1934-1946
1 box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2021-11-09 11:24:38
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