Paul Strand Film Series
Redes (The Wave)
dirs. Emilio Gómez Muriel, Fred Zinnemann, Mexico, 1936, 35mm, b/w, Spanish w/ English Subtitles, 56 min.
Introduced by Amanda Bock, Horace W. Goldsmith Curatorial Fellow in Photography, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Produced for the Mexican government, Redes, Strand’s first feature-length film, is a poignant and dramatic presentation of Alvarado fishermen who organize for better wages. Famously called “the most beautiful strike ever filmed,” Redes is as much a political statement as it is a poetic and cinematic exploration of daily life in a Veracruz fishing village. It will be shown alongside two short films admired by Strand by Leyda and Ivens, filmmakers with whom Strand would later collaborate in the New York film collective, Frontier Films.
dir. Joris Ivens, Netherlands, 1929, 16mm, b/w, silent, 12 min.
A Bronx Morning
dir. Jay Leyda, US, 1931, 16mm, b/w, silent, 11 min.