The Seine Meets Paris
La Seine a rencontre Paris

1957 / France / sound / B&W / 32 min / 35mm

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

The first film Ivens made upon his return from Eastern Europe is a filmed poem about Paris and Parisian life on the banks of the Seine. The film follows the flow of the river through the city of Paris, making a portrait of this city and its people as they live, stroll, sun-bathe, fish, work, swim, love, and laugh beside the Seine. The poem, written by Jacques Prˇvert, gives the film an extra dimension, and the music, with its recurring theme of a child's song, gives it a melancholic touch.



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