Joris Ivens

Director, Documentarian, Actor
Joris Ivens' contributions to the development of documentary filmmaking are multitudinous. His editing style employed the principles of Russian montage editing, at the same time displaying an impressionistic lyricism ... Read more »
Born: 11/18/1898 in Netherlands

Filmography

Director (17)

Entrainement au Cirque de Pekin 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Professeur Tsien 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Artisans 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Une Caserne 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Une Repeticion a l'Opera de Pekin 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Une Histoire de vent 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Autour du petrole: Taking 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Comment Yukong déplaça les montagnes 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Impressions d'une Ville: Shanghai 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

L' Usine de generateurs 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Village de pecheurs 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Pharmacie No. 3: Shanghai 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Une Femme, une Famille 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

La Seine a rencontre Paris 1956 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (4)

Une Histoire de vent 1991 (Movie)

The Old Man (Actor)

Havre 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Conversations With Willard Van Dyke 1980 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Grierson 1971 (Movie)

interviewee (Actor)
Writer (2)

Une Histoire de vent 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Seine a rencontre Paris 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Joris Ivens' contributions to the development of documentary filmmaking are multitudinous. His editing style employed the principles of Russian montage editing, at the same time displaying an impressionistic lyricism, often focused on continuity of movement, which remains unsurpassed. His sound films often utilized a dialectical relationship between sound and image, and several times he enjoyed significant collaborations with literary artists. Although he has been faulted for using too many re-enactments in his documentaries, the ultimate force of his work overshadows such criticisms.

Relationships

Father
owned chain of camera shops

Marceline Loridan

Companion
co-directed all Ivens' films since "The 17th Parallel" (1968)

EDUCATION

Rotterdam College of Economics

University of Charlottenburg

Berlin

Milestones

1957

Left USA permanently; moved to Paris

1956

Co-directed first feature-length film, "The Adventures of Till Eulenspiegel" in East Germany

1951

Blacklisted by Hollywood

1943

Named Film Commissioner of Netherlands East Indies (subsequently resigned)

1938

Made first of several films about China, "The 400 Million"

1936

In US, formed production company to record contemporary historic events with Ernest Hemingway, Robert Flaherty (qv), Lillian Hellman and John Dos Passos

1929

Asked by Vsevolod Pudovkin (qv) to lecture in USSR

1929

Made first fiction film, "Branding/Breakers"

1928

Debut as documentary filmmaker with "The Bridge"

1927

Co-founder of Filmliga film society

1927

Made manager of Amsterdam branch of father's camera-store chain

Artillery lieutenant in WWI

Entered in to the "Guinness Book of World Records" as oldest active filmmaker aged 89

Apprentice in German camera factories

Made amateur film aged 13

Bonus Trivia

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Dutch Film Museum formed Joris Ivens archive in 1969.

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