The Mistral
Pour le Mistral

1965 / France / B&W and color / 30 min / 35mm

Director: Joris Ivens
Script: Joris Ivens, René Guyonnet, Armand Gatti
Camera: André Dumaître, Pierre Lhomme, Gilbert Duhalde
Editor: Jean Ravel, Emanuelle Castro
Music: Luc Ferrari
Commentary: André Verdet, spoken by Roger Pigaut
Producer: Claude Nedjar
Production company: Centre Européen Radio-Cinéma-Télévision

One of Ivens's most poetic works - it is his first attempt to film the wind. With beautiful photography, powerful editing, and a poetic commentary, the film tries to make the wind visible and tangible. It starts in black and white, switches to color partway, and ends in Cinemascope to illustrate the force of the coming mistral wind that blows in the south of France. It was difficult to find a producer for this film, for most people were rather reluctant to finance a film with an invisible main character. Finally Claude Nedjar agreed to produce the film, which despite many financial problems was finished in 1965.



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