• Rain

    1929. The Netherlands. Joris Ivens, Mannus Franken. 12 min.

  • The Bridge

    1928. The Netherlands. Joris Ivens. 15 min.

  • The Spanish Earth

    1937. USA. Joris Ivens. 53 min.

Thursday, February 26, 2009, 6:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Rain

    1929. The Netherlands. Directed by Joris Ivens, Mannus Franken. General assistance and assistant camera by van Dongen. Silent. 12 min.

  • The Bridge

    1928. The Netherlands. Directed by Joris Ivens. General assistance by Helen van Dongen. Silent. 15 min.

  • The Spanish Earth

    1937. USA. Directed by Joris Ivens. Edited by Helen van Dongen. Commentary and narration by Ernest Hemingway. Helen van Dongen's association with Joris Ivens began in the 1920s when she was working at the optical equipment firm owned by Ivens's father. Along with other film enthusiasts, Ivens and Van Dongen formed Filmliga, an avant-garde film society that included Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, and Hans Richter. Van Dongen served as a general assistant and photographer on The Bridge, Ivens's first film, about the function of the Rotterdam railroad bridge over the Maas River, and on Rain, an observation of a rain shower in Amsterdam. After studying sound recording and editing at the Tobis Films Sonores studios and the UFA studios, Van Dongen transitioned into editing and worked almost exclusively with Ivens. As the editor of The Spanish Earth—a chronicle of the Spanish Civil War with a strong bias for the Republican government—van Dongen, in collaboration with Ivens, used sound as a driving narrative force. 53 min.

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