georges strouve

Valparaiso (1965, Joris Ivens; Cinematographer: Georges Strouve)

Joris Ivens’ short documentary about Valparaiso, Chile is shot mostly in black and white, a series of calm, controlled shots meant to represent the struggle and banality of the city’s working people.   A barfright in the film’s final third, however, plunges the documentary into vibrant color.  Ivans and cinematographer Georges Strouve mark the transition with urgent splatters of blood, and the other side of the city, the underbelly of political unrest and agitation, rears its head, reminding the viewer that Valparaiso is no travelogue.