Emilio Gómez Muriel and Fred Zinnemann / Mexico / 1936 / 65 mins / Spanish with English subtitles / Narrative
This pearl of concision is one of the great works of galvanising agitprop filmmaking. A swift-paced narrative of the political awakening of a group of poor and disenfranchised Mexican fisherman, the film is the collaborative fruit of Gómez Muriel and Zinnemann (The Sundowners, From Here to Eternity), the great photographer Paul Strand and composer Silvestre Revueltas (Aaron Copland favourably compared his score to Shostakovich’s cinema work). With a non-professional cast, it represents a crucial precursor to neo-realism.
A RIVER CALLED TITAS
Ritwik Ghatak / Bangladesh / 1973 / 159 mins / Bengali with English subtitles / Narrative
This multi-faceted ‘network narrative’ set in 1930s Bangladesh examines the intertwining lives and fates of people who live amongst the fisheries on the River Titas. Dedicated to ‘the myriad of toilers of everlasting Bengal,’ Ghatak’s critically acclaimed film is a beautifully detailed and epic social melodrama incorporating elements of bildungsroman, synthesised into a restless whole through the bold use of mise en scène and eruptions of tense Soviet-style montage. Based on the autobiographical novel by Adwaita Mallabarman, the film was restored by Scorsese’s World Cinema Project in 2010.
Melbourne Cinémathèque is committed to screening significant films from the complete history of cinema. In the 5th year of this collaboration, this screening profiles cinema as a truly global art form. It features two films restored by Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project, an initiative dedicated to preserving and restoring neglected films from around the world.
This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 18 years.