After last years agreement between the Vietnamese Film Instituut and the European Foundation Joris Ivens to establish an active partnership director André Stufkens visited Vietnam on the invitation of director Vũ Nguyên Hùng. The purpose of the successful visit was to make concrete appointments further developing this collaboration of exchange of knowledge and expertise.
On March 28th, during the 2017 annual meeting of The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), the Katherine Singer Kovács Book Award for outstanding scholarship in cinema and media studies will be presented to prof. Thomas Waugh for his magisterial The Conscience of Cinema. The Works of Joris Ivens, 1912-1989. It is thé ultimate peer review recognition of the intellectual quality and vibrance of this first book about the complete film oeuvre of Joris Ivens.
Mark Hamlyn made a new composition for The Billi Brass Quintet for Ivens' 'the Bridge'. It is part of the Billi Brass' Silent Films Project.
In the series 'Stationen der Filmgeschichte' (Stations of Film History) the Filmmuseum Düsseldorf presents films of 100 Master film directors who influenced film history. Stations are sites of arrivals, departures, crossings and switches, similar to icons of film history: the selected film directors paved the way of new directions, cross overs and switches in filmmaking. On 3 January the Filmmuseum presents three films of Joris Ivens: Lied der Ströme (1954, Song of the Rivers), ...à Valparaiso (1963) and Regen (19 ...
‘A new Ivens’, this is how German film historian Günter Jordan describes the documentary The Compass Rose (Die Wndrose, 1957). With an outstanding cast, like Simone Signoret, Yves Montand, Helene Weigel, with outstanding directors like Alberto Cavalcanti, Yannick Bellon and Gilio Pontecorvo, this five-episode omnibus film presented a new style and format in documentary film. It was shown during the International Documentary Festival DOKS Leipzig celebrating its 70th anniversary on 3 November.
During the UBUD Writers festival on Bali the 'Black Armada/Hitam Armada' exhibition was presented at the Agung Rai Museum of Art. Dr. Helena Studdert, consul-general of Australia on Bali, attended the opening event. This travelling exhibition, with the permanent screening of Ivens' Indonesia Calling, made by the National Maritime Museum of Australia on the initiative of Mr. Anthony Liem was already shown in Sydney and Yogyakarta. It will be shown at the end of November at the Margarana National Park to commemorate the ...
On Friday prof. Thomas Waugh (Concordia University, Montreal) presented his monumental 'The Conscience of Cinema. The Works of Joris Ivens 1912-1989' in EYE Amsterdam. Together with Amsterdam University Press and the European Foundation Joris Ivens, EYE organized an expertmeeting, two filmscreenings of six Ivensfilms and a live music performance accompanying Rain (Regen, 1929, Ivens/Franken). This marked the launch of a book that for the first time surveys all the films of Ivens, with a description, analysis and ...
At the occasion of the launch of Thomas Waugh's masterly book The Conscience of Cinema. The Works of Joris Ivens 1926-1989, a special Joris Ivens Seminar will organized in EYE Study on 21 October 2016. Paul Kusters, president of the Ivens Foundation, will be the moderator of the day with lectures and debates focussing on 'Ivens & The Netherlands'. The programme also includes the screening of Indonesia Calling!, New Earth, The Bridge, Rotterdam-Europoort and a Q&A.
The 13th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is Southeast Asia’s leading festival of words and ideas. The Festival celebrates extraordinary stories, amplifies brave voices, and tackles global issues through the lens of literature and the arts. On 30 October Ivens’ Indonesia Calling! will be shown with a Q&A of Agung Rai, Anthony and Helen Liem and other guests from the Australian National Maritime Museum.
With the bulky book 'Saviour of the Tenth Muse. Jan de Vaal and the Netherlands Filmmuseum, 1946-1987' the European Foundation Joris Ivens is presenting the treasures of the national film archive of the Netherlands, as collected, presented and preserved by Jan de Vaal (1922-2001). Until now only sporadically has been published about the pioneering activities by its first director. He started in 1946 without anything, no film, no money, no housing, nog experience and no personnel. After 40 years he left the film museum with 1 ...
The director of the Vietnames Film Institute gave a precious present to the Ivens Foundation, when both FIAF-institutions met in Nijmegen on Thursday 30th of June. Mr. Dao Quoc Hung (on the photo: second from the left side) handed over the found footage of Ivens' visits to Vietnam when Ivens started filmmaking durign the war against the US in 1965. Most of the footage concerns outtakes of Le ciel, la terre (1966) and various meetings in North-Vietnam. Next year the Vitenames Film Institute will commemorate the 50th anni ...
The Sächsische Staatskapelle in Dresden will performing a live concert with film screening of Rain (Regen, Ivens-Franken 1929) during the 7th Shostakovich-Days. The Final concert programs Ludwig von Beethoven, Dmitri Shostakovich, Paul Dessau and Hanns Eislers Fourteen Ways to Describe Rain (1941) with the film.
NAMU in Prague, the publishing house of the Academy of Arts, presented the Czech translation of André Stufkens book Joris Ivens. Filmmaker of the World (518 pages). This Czech book explores the content, production, meaning and reception of 21 Ivens films and was first published in Dutch and German in 2008 and 2009 as part of the DVD box. Especially a chapter about the relationship between Joris Ivens and the Czech Republic has been added, focussing on the documentary The First Years.
What are the greatest documentaries ever made? The international film magazine Sight&Sound publishes in the September issue 2014 a poll of 340 critics and filmmakers in the search for authoritative answers. In this list a remarkable number of 11 Ivens’films were voted.
A rare, unique icon of documentary film: Joris Ivens’ Song of the Rivers (Lied der Ströme, 1954) is published on DVD by Absolut Medien in Berlin and can be ordered on-line. This landmark in compilation film was seen by 250 Million people at the time, but the opportunity to see the film nowadays is scarce. Ralf Schenk, director of the DEFA Foundation in Berlin and board member of the Ivens Foundation decided to publish this fresco about the labour movement on the river banks of six major rivers at the same moment as Günter Jordans book on Ivens will be published (November 2015).
The various faces of Song of the Rivers
Song of the Riveris a complete unique multifaceted art work with a megalomaniac production, a never seen global approach using film footage shot by dozens of filmmakers on five continents forerunning the coming of television-satellites, with ideological pretences during the peak of the Cold War overshadowed by a constant and real atomic threat , with a milestone in the compilation film mode, with a worldwide dissemination reaching 250 Million people, confronted by censorship in the US and many other Western countries and created by the fine-fleur of left wing artists.
Although not as popular and well known Ivens' documentary film is the cinematographical and Communist counterpart of the famous photo exhibition 'The Family of Man', which was opened half a year after the film premiere of Song of the Rivers in September 1954.
American film scholar Charles Musser from Yale University lectured about this film at the occasion of the Ivens retrospective in 2002 organised by the Ivens Foundation in the Walter Reade Theater of Lincoln Center in New York and wrote afterwards a splendid article in ‘Cinémas’, the Canadian film magazine, exploring the fascinating aspects of Song of the Rivers:
‘Although produced by the DEFA Studio for Newsreels and Documentary Films in East Germany (DDR), Lied der Ströme (Song of the Rivers) was funded by the communist-led World Federation of Trade Unions. “The third World Trade Union Congress organized in 1953 by the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) is of course the basis of the film,” remarked WFTU general secretary Louis Saillant. Some of the film was shot at the WFTU conference in Vienna, which opened on 10 October 1953, but the bulk of the material was shot around the globe. A host of international left-leaning stars participated in the film’s production. American performer Robeson and Dutch filmmaker Ivens were joined by German writer Bertolt Brecht, Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich, French writer
Vladimir Pozner (an old friend and collaborator of Ivens, Robeson, and Brecht), and Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (with whom Robeson had recently shared the International Peace Prize).
This international band worked with an array of mostly anonymous camera operators from all over the world: 32 in all, said to be from 32 different countries. The marquee artists were complemented by a group of political leaders who appeared in the film, many of whom had been jailed or encountered other forms of repression. Its staff of anonymous craftsmen likewise had their counterparts in the rank and file of ordinary working people depicted in the film. Whether stars or foot soldiers, all were united in the struggle to achieve justice and revolution. Although Song of the Rivers had its initial premiere in Berlin at the Babylon Filmtheater on 17 September 1954, Ivens continued to refine the documentary long after that date. Before postproduction was completed, the filmmakers had generated at least 18 versions of the film in many different languages.
According to some sources, Song of the Rivers was eventually shown to more than 250 million people. Its immediate subject is the struggle of oppressed peoples throughout the world as they organize, attend the third World Congress of Trade Unions, and seek to overthrow Western capitalism in pursuit of a socialist utopia. The film is much more than an oversized news account of its subject. The first lines of narration, recited over scenes of massive construction projects, are: “Aye, but man can yet be the master. By the power of his strong right arm and his intelligence.” The film is fundamentally a celebration of humanity’s ability to transform the natural world. The efforts the World Congress of Trade Unions are part of a larger effort to bring this labour and intelligence fully to the fore.’
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DVD* lieferbar € 14,90
Best. Nr.: 4040
Bild: PAL, S/W, 4:3
Label: absolut MEDIEN/Große Dokumentaristen
Reihe: Die großen Dokumentaristen
Genre: Reise/fremde Länder
* Please take notice that this is the German version, approx.. ten minutes longer then the English version. In the German version the songs with texts of Bertolt Brecht are sung by Ernst Busch. So this is not the English version with the voice of Paul Robeson.