. . . A Valparaiso

1963 / France, Chile / B&W and color / 37 min / 35mm

Director, Script:
Joris Ivens
Camera: Georges Strouv, Patricio Guzman,
Leonarde Martinez
Editor: Jean Ravel
Music: Gustavo Becerra, ' Nous irons a Valparaiso' sung by Germaine Montero
Commentary: Roger Pigaut (written by Chris Marker)
Producer: Luis Carnegio Production company: Argos Films,
Cine Experimental de la Universidad de Chile

In 1962 Ivens was invited to Chile to teach and make films. Together with students he made . . . A Valparaiso, one of his most moving films. The work contrasts the distinguished history of the seaport with its present state of affairs. We see a city, built on forty-two hills, its wealth and poverty, its daily life on the streets, its sets of stairs, its rack railways, and its bars. Although the port has declined in importance, the rich past is still present in the impoverished city. The film echoes this irony in its dialectical poetic style, interweaving the daily reality (of 1963) with the proud history of the city. Switching partway from black and white to color, the film finally leaves us with a hopeful perspective - that of the children who are playing on the stairs and hills of this beautiful town.



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