Richard de Rochemont

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Richard Guertis de Rochemont (born December 13, 1903 in Chelsea , Massachusetts , † August 2, 1982 in Flemington , New Jersey ) was an American film producer and documentary filmmaker who was awarded an Oscar in 1950 .


Richard de Rochemont, descendant of a French Huguenot family , was the younger brother of the filmmaker Louis de Rochemont . He attended Latin School in Cambridge , Massachusetts, Williams College and graduated from Harvard University in 1928 . After that he took in the late 1920s, a job as a newspaper reporter in Boston and New York , where he for the newspapers Boston Daily Advertiser and The New York Sun worked. He soon turned to the newsreel reports in the cinema, the scope of which was steadily increasing. He started his new career in 1930 with the old Fox Movietone news. In 1930 and 1931 Rochemont was the foreign editor of the Wochenschau-Gesellschaft and then worked in Paris until 1934. His new field was in 1935 at The March of Time , where in 1941 under his leadership within the March of Time documentary series , the first from the papal state sanctioned film The Story of the Vatican (German History of the Vatican ) was created. In 1943 he brought his brother Louis on as executive producer on The March of Time . In 1951 the film series produced by Time Inc. was discontinued.

After Rochemont was vice president of the advertising agency founded by J. Walter Thompson for two years , he founded Vavin Inc. in 1955, which created films for organizations such as the State Department and the Ford Foundation .

Along with Waverley Root wrote Roche Mont Eating in America - A History ( Eating in America ) and Contemporary French Cooking ( Contemporary French cuisine ). He was also the author of The Pets' Cookbook ( Cookbook for pets ), which he as a result of table conversation with Alfred A. Knopf wrote.

For his services, which he had earned in France because of his support for a free France, he was awarded several times.

Richard de Rochemont died in 1982 after a long illness at the age of 78 at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington. He was born by his wife Jane Louise, b. Meyerhoff, survived.


At the Academy Awards in 1950 , Richard de Rochemont received an Oscar in the “Best Documentary (Short)” category for the documentary A Chance to Live , a film about “Boys Town” in Italy. Edward Selzer 's short documentary film So Much for So Little received an award in the same category .

Filmography (selection)

- unless otherwise stated, as producer -

  • 1945: The March of Time Vol. 11 No. 11: Teen-Age Girls (also film editing)
  • 1945: 18 Million Orphans (also director)
  • 1946: Tomorrow's Mexico (also director)
  • 1946: Is Everybody Happy?
  • 1947: Handle with Care! (also director and author)
  • 1947: Is Everybody Listening?
  • 1947: End of an Empire?
  • 1948: The Cold War (also director and writer)
  • 1949: Crusade in Europe
  • 1949: A Chance to Live
  • 1950: The Golden Twenties
  • 1950: The Holy Year at the Vatican
  • 1951: The March of Time: Strategy for Victory
  • 1951: The March of Time: Flight Plan for Freedom
  • 1951: The March of Time: Crisis in Iran

Web links


  1. a b c d e Richard de Rochemont, 78, Dies; Made 'March Of Time' Newsreels by Walter H. Wagoner In The New York Times , August 6, 1982. Retrieved January 24, 2015.