Joris Ivens (Netherlands)

Joris Ivens, byname of Georg Henri Anton Ivens, (born November 18, 1898, Nijmegen, Netherlands—died June 28, 1989, Paris, France), Dutch motion-picture director who filmed more than 50 international documentaries that explored leftist social and political concerns.

Ivens, who was educated at the Rotterdam (Netherlands) School of Economics (1916–17, 1920–21), served as a field artillery lieutenant in World War I and later studied photochemistry in Germany (1922–23). In 1926 he returned to Amsterdam and joined the family business, but he left after receiving acclaim for two of his films, De Brug (1928; The Bridge) and Regen (1929; Rain). His successes resulted in an invitation to lecture in the Soviet Union (1930), where he made Komsomol (1932; Song of Heroes), which featured Communist youths who built blast furnaces.

In the Borinage area of Belgium he filmed Misère au Borinage (1933; Borinage), a depiction of a miner’s strike. In Spain with the writer Ernest Hemingway he made The Spanish Earth (1937), an anti-Franco report on the Spanish Civil War. In China he produced The Four Hundred Million (1938), a documentary on the Sino-Japanese War. At the invitation of the U.S. government, he filmed The Power and the Land (1940), about the New Deal’s rural electrification program, followed by Our Russian Front (1941). In 1944 he was named film commissioner for the Dutch East Indies, but he resigned in protest against Dutch colonialism and made the pro-independence film Indonesia Calling (1946), provoking Dutch authorities to temporarily rescind his passport and then require that it be renewed every few months; he reportedly did not receive a standard three-year passport until 1961. His later films included How Yukong Moves the Mountain (1976) and Une Histoire du vent (1988; A Tale of the Wind).

Filmography

  • A Tale of the Wind
    1988
  • The Drugstore
    1980
  • Les Kazaks
    1977
  • Les ouigours
    1977
  • How Yukong Moved the Mountains
    1976
  • Le people et ses fusills
    1970
  • 17th Parallel
    1967
  • Une histoire de ballon
    1967
  • Far from Vietnam
    1967
  • Le ciel - La terre
    1967
  • Rotterdam Europort
    1966
  • Le mistral
    1965
  • Le train de la victoire
    1964
  • Le petit chapiteau
    1963
  • A Valparaíso
    1962
  • Pueblo en armas
    1961
  • Carnet de viaje
    1961
  • Demain à Nanguila
    1960
  • L'Italia non è un paese povero
    1960
  • Letters from China
    1958
  • The war of the 600 Million People
    1958
  • The Windrose / Rose of the Winds
    1957
  • My Child
    1956
  • The Song of the Rivers
    1954
  • Chagall
    1952-1960
  • Peace Tour 1952
    1952
  • Friendship Triumphs
    1952
  • The First Years
    1948
  • Indonesia Calling
    1946
  • Action Stations
    1943
  • Corvette Port Arthur
    1943
  • Our Russian Front
    1942
  • Power and the Land
    1940
  • New Frontiers
    1940
  • The 400 Million
    1938
  • The Spanish Earth
    1937
  • Borinage
    1934
  • New Earth
    1933
  • Komsomol, (Song of Heroes)
    1932
  • Creosote
    1932
  • Philips Radio
    1931
  • Donogoo-Tonka
    1931
  • We are building
    1930
  • Zonneland
    1930
  • Second Union Film
    1930
  • Zuiderzee
    1930
  • Tribune Film
    1930
  • Concrete Construction
    1930
  • Pile Diving
    1929
  • Poor Drenthe (The Misery in the Peat-mores of Drenthe)
    1929
  • Breakers
    1929
  • Rain
    1929
  • The Bridge
    1928
  • Ice Skating
    1927
  • The Street
    1927
  • Filmstudy Zeedijk
    1927
  • Movement Studies in Paris
    1927
  • Instruction Films Micro Camera, University Leiden
    1927
  • The Sick Town
    1927
  • Film Sketchbook
    1927
  • The Sunhouse
    1925
  • O, Sunland
    1922
  • De wigwam / The Flaming Arrow
    1911

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