Film Series

January 20 - January 27, 2011
Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Spanish Civil War

Phyllis Wattis Theater

For Cartier-Bresson, like many other artists and filmmakers of his time, the Spanish Civil War became a creative inspiration and a call to arms. This series examines the renowned photographer's work as a filmmaker and his role in documenting the calamitous events of both the war in Spain and World War II. Works by Joris Ivens and Alain Resnais complement Cartier-Bresson's documentaries.

Each program: $5 general; free for SFMOMA members or with museum admission (requires a free ticket, which can be picked up in the Haas Atrium).

Past

Buy tickets Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Spanish Civil War: Program 1

Victoire de la vie, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Herbert Kline, 1937, 47 min., video
L'Espagne vivra, Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1938, 44 min., video
With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Herbert Kline, 1938, 21 min., video

These films evidence Cartier-Bresson's committed support for the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War. The photographer's first foray into motion pictures, Victoire de la vie

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Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Spanish Civil War: Program 2
Buy tickets Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Spanish Civil War: Program 2

Le retour, Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1944-45, 33 min., video
The Spanish Earth, Joris Ivens, 1936, 52 min., 16mm
Guernica, Alain Resnais and Robert Hessens, 1950, 13 min., 35mm

Made at the end of World War II, Le retour (The Return) follows the repatriation of former prisoners of war — like Cartier-Bresson himself, who escaped from a Nazi labor camp…

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