La Seine a rencontré Paris

(1957)

32 minutes / sound / black&white / 35mm

English title: The Seine Meets Paris

French title: La Seine a rencontré Paris

La Seine a rencontré Paris

Director: Joris Ivens
Script: Joris Ivens, from an idea by Georges Sadoul
Camera: André Demaître, Philipe Brun
Editor(s): Gisèle Chézeau
Assistent Director(s): Guy Blanc
Music: Philippe Gérard
Commentary: written by Jacques Prévert, spoken by Serge Reggiani
Producer Roger Pigaut
Production company: Garance Film, Paris

The first film Joris Ivens made when he returned from Eastern Europe is a film poem about Paris and Parisian life on the borders of the Seine river. The film follows the flow of the river through the city of Paris, making a portet of this city and its people living, strolling, sun-bathing, fishing, working, swimming, loving and laughing beside the Seine. The poem written by Jacques Prévert gives the film an extra dimension, and the music, with the recurring theme of a children song, gives it a melancholic touch.

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