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 in 1943. Back in Spain, Ivens's film documents the effects of the Civil War in Madrid and the countryside, with narration by Ernest Hemingway. Resnais and Hessens consider the horrors of war through the work of Picasso.
Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Spanish Civil War: Program 2
Related Exhibition Henri Cartier-Bresson
Thursday, January 27, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Introduced by Peter N. Carroll, Chair Emeritus, Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, Lecturer of History, Stanford University
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
Image: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Le retour (production still), 1945; © 2010 Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
The Spanish Earth screens courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Guernica screening made possible by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York and San Francisco. Cartier-Bresson films screen courtesy of Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson.