Leo Hurwitz, an award-winning documentary film maker who dealt with social justice and similar themes and who was on an industry blacklist in the 1950’s.
He was 81 years old. He died of colon cancer, his wife, Nelly, said.
In a long career that began with newsreels depicting the hunger marches of the Great Depression, Mr. Hurwitz made 15 principal films, including “Native Land” in 1942, co-directed by Paul Strand, narrated by Paul Robeson and with a musical score by Marc Blitzstein, and “Dialogue With a Woman Departed,” a four-hour visual poem to his late second wife and co-worker, Peggy Lawson, that won an International Film Critics Prize in 1981. A Native of Brooklyn
Mr. Hurwitz was a native of Brooklyn and a graduate of Harvard University. He was a cameraman and co-writer of the script for Pare Lorentz’s landmark documenatary on the Dust Bowl, “The Plow That Broke the Plains.”
In 1936 he helped found Frontier Films, the first nonprofit documentary production… read more