1931-1940DocumentaryJohn FernhoutJoris IvensUSAWar

John Fernhout & Joris Ivens – The 400 Million (1939)

Documentary about the resistance of the Chinese against the Japanese invasion and occupation from Manchuria. The Chinese had joined forces against this common enemy. The nationalistic Kuomintang, led by Chiang Kai-sjek and the communist party cooperated, at least on paper.

The film opens with a Japanese bombardment of Hankow, shows all aspects of warfare: the field battles, the refugees, dead and wounded, fear and human suffering. The film also places the resistance in the context of China’s ancient culture. With images from a.o. Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-sjek, his wife Song Meiling and the future prime minister Zhou-enLai. Ivens cooperates again with cameraman John Fernhout (Ferno) and with photographer Robert Capa, as he did making The Spanish Earth. The music by Hanns Eisler is the first score composed with the twelve tone technique of Eisler’s teacher Arnold Schönberg.

809MB | 53m 54s | 720×480 | mkv



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