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de Rochemont, Louislocked

(13 January 1899–23 December 1978)
  • Elizabeth Zoe Vicary


de Rochemont, Louis (13 January 1899–23 December 1978), film producer, was born Louis Clark de Rochemont in Chelsea, Massachusetts, the son of Louis L. G. de Rochemont, an attorney, and Sarah Wilson Miller. As a boy of twelve, de Rochemont made his own film camera with the help of a local machine shop and used it to film “newsreels” in neighboring towns, which he then sold to local movie houses to show. De Rochemont attended the Naval Aviation School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Naval Cadet School of Harvard University. He served for a year with British Military Intelligence through a program of the U.S. Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1917, reaching the rank of lieutenant by the time he resigned in 1923. He remained in the naval reserve for another ten years. While he served in the navy, de Rochemont’s interest in film continued. During his tour of duty abroad, he independently filmed the 1922 opening of King Tutankamen’s tomb and, in the same year, Kemal Ataturk’s capture of Smyrna, which led to the foundation of the Turkish Republic....

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