Joris Ivens

  • Joris Ivens – De wigwam AKA The Tipi (1911)

    1911-1920Euro WesternsJoris IvensNetherlandsSilentWestern

    At the age of 13 Joris Ivens was fond of Cowboys and Indians stories, so he decided to invent one himself. He made a script and used a camera from his father’s shop. This became his first film Wigwam, with his own family as cast. Black Eagle, a bad indian, kidnaps the daughter of a farmer’s family. Flaming Arrow, played by the young Joris Ivens, saves the child from the kidnapper and brings it back to her family. No better conclusion than smoking a peace pipe.Read More »

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

    1931-1940DocumentaryJohn FernhoutJoris IvensUSAWar

    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.Read More »

  • Joris Ivens – Études de mouvements AKA Studies in Movement (1928)

    1921-1930ExperimentalFranceJoris IvensSilent

    A movement study in which all possible camera angles are tried out to observe the chaos of traffic flows in Paris.Read More »

  • Joris Ivens – Pesn o geroyakh AKA Song of Heroes (1932)

    1931-1940DocumentaryJoris IvensPoliticsUSSR

    Soviet solidarity is strong in Germany where the Communist Party (KPD) marches under the clenched fist in spite of police harassment… Radio broadcasts reach all parts of the Soviet Union, including Magnitogorsk. On the steppe near the city, a family of nomads lives in their yurt. The father hears blasting: iron ore for the steelworks. Crushed ore and coke yield molten steel for the ladle. Stop-motion animation shows the bountiful tractor and freight car output of the future… A new blast-furnace is under construction. Accepting jobs at the site are women, ethnic minorities, and the nomad. An English-speaking engineer supervises; a young riveter learns his trade from an old hand… In the Kubass region, miners labour to produce the coal which becomes coke in Magnitogorsk… At last the blast-furnace is complete. Workers celebrate. A cheerful patriotic song is sung. Steel pours forth. The new day reveals a finished plant.Read More »

  • Joris Ivens – De brug AKA The Bridge (1928)

    Joris Ivens1921-1930DocumentaryNetherlandsSilent

    The vertical lift-bridge in Rotterdam is the object of study in The Bridge. Normally it seems to be a very static object, but Joris Ivens made a very dynamic film out of it. “For me, the bridge consisted of a laboratory of movements, tints, forms, contrasts, rythms and the relationship between all these phenomena”. The film was immediately recognised as a masterpiece by international critics and colleague filmmakers; Joris Ivens was at once the most famous avant-garde filmmaker of the Netherlands.Read More »

  • Joris Ivens & Marceline Loridan Ivens – Une histoire de ballon (1976)

    1971-1980ArthouseDocumentaryFranceJoris IvensMarceline Loridan Ivens

    Eigth part: HISTOIRE D’UN BALLON: LE LYCEE NO. 31 A PEKIN (The Football Incident):
    A report on an ideological debate between a teacher and a pupil regarding an incident with a football.Read More »

  • Joris Ivens – …A Valparaíso (1963)

    Joris Ivens1961-1970ArchitectureChileDocumentaryShort Film

    Before the Panama Canal was dug in 1911, Valparaiso was one of the main seaports on the passage around Cape Horn. Over the centuries, the city fell into the hands of different conquerors, and natural violence repeatedly destroyed it for the greater part. In cooperation with the university of Santiago de Chile, Joris Ivens made a semi-documentary about the daily life in Valparaiso, where the contrasts between poor and rich immediately strike the eye. Ivens chose realistic, but also poetical images. The abrupt shift from black-and-white to colour in the film marks the transition from the initial pessimistic part to the later, more hopeful images.Read More »

  • Joris Ivens – The Spanish Earth (1937)

    1931-1940DocumentaryJoris IvensUSAWar

    Plot/Description: from IMDB
    This documentary tells of the struggles during the Spanish Civil War. It deals with the war at different levels: from the political level, at the ground military level focusing on battles in Madrid and the road from Madrid to Valencia, and at the support level. With the latter, a key project was building an irrigation system for an agricultural field near Fuentedueña so that food could be grown to feed the soldiers.Read More »

  • Joris Ivens – Power and the Land (1940)

    1931-1940ArthouseDocumentaryJoris IvensUSA

    Information film that was an important part of the rural electrification campaign, set up as part of the New Deal policies of president F.D. Roosevelt. Privatised electricity companies of the U.S. cities saw no profit in bringing electricity all the way to the sparsely populated countryside, so the ministry of Agriculture tried to convince farmers to set up co-operations which in turn could buy power from the government.
    Ivens selected a model farm and family, the Parkinsons, and shows the daily life on the farm before and after the installation of electricity. The films was seen by over 6 million people until 1961 and houses besides the two main components of American culture (untamed pastoral nature versus industrial progress) many autobiographical aspects. The whole film is staged with the farmer’s family acting as themselves. Today we’d call this a docudrama. The Parkinson’s farm had already been electrified several months before the shooting.Read More »

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