Monday, February 8, 2010

Joris Ivens and M.H.K. Franken

Rain (Regen) by Joris Ivens and M.H.K. Franken is a silent documentary made in 1929; Ivens was co-director, cinematographer, and editor. The film explores Amsterdam in the rain, with splashy city scenes and wet people, autos and streetcars, and masses of umbrellas. Ivens often composes through windows or otherwise frames objects within the frame. Rain's meditative feel, along its lovely visuals and careful structure, is echoed in many present-day art documentaries.
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