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A double DVD Case "Henri Cartier-Bresson" (MK2 Editions) includes the five films by Cartier-Bresson and several documentaries made on his life and work.



Henri Cartier-Bresson and cinema

Henri Cartier-Bresson developped a passion for film making in the 1930's. He learnt cinema with Paul Strand in New York in 1935. When he got back to France, he was second assistant director to Jean Renoir in 1936 for La vie est à nous and Une partie de campagne, and in 1939 for La Règle du Jeu.

Films directed by Henri Cartier-Bresson:

1937. Victoire de la vie. Documentary on the hospitals of Republican Spain. Director : Henri Cartier, with Herbert Kline. Produced by the Centrale Sanitaire Internationale. Photography : Jacques Lemare. Music : Charles Kœchlin. Commentary : Pierre Unik. Editing : Laura Sejour. Graphics : Griffoul. Running time : 49 minutes. Black and white.

1938. L’Espagne Vivra. Documentary on the Spanish Civil War and the post-war period. Director : Henri Cartier-Bresson. Produced by the Secours Populaire de France et des Colonies. Editing : Ibéria. Graphics : Griffoul. Commentary : Georges Sadoul. Musical arrangement : J.-C. Simon. Spanish songs recorded by Le Chant du monde. Distributed by Les Films Populaires. This film has been restored by the French Ministry of Culture and the film archives of the Centre National du Cinema. Running time : 43 minutes and 32 seconds. Black and white.

1944-45. Le Retour. Documentary on prisoners of war and detainees. Production : U.S. Army Signal Corps, Captain G. Krimsky and Office of War Information (OWI), Noma Ratner. Technical advisor : Henri Cartier-Bresson (Stalag VC), with the assistance of Lieutenant Richard Banks. Commentary : Claude Roy (Stalag Etain). Music : Robert Lannoy ; (Stalag XIII B), orchestrated by Roger Désormières. Scenes filmed at the Gare d’Orsay: Henri Cartier-Bresson, assisted by Claude Renoir. Running time : 32 minutes and 37 seconds. Black and white.

1969-70. Impressions of California. Director : Henri Cartier-Bresson. Producer : William McClure for CBS News. Production : Peter Callam, John Mayer, Judy Osgood. Executive producer : Burton Benjamin. Assistant producer : Christine Ockrent. Photography : Jean Boffety and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Sound : Michael Lax. Editing : Jules Laventhol. Running time : 23 minutes and 20 seconds. Colour.

1969-70. Southern Exposures. . Director : Henri Cartier-Bresson. Producer : William McClure for CBS News. Production : Jimmy Murphy, Ross Williams, Martine Franck and John Hockenberry. Executive producer : Burton Benjamin. Assistant producer : Christine Ockrent. Photography : Walter Dombrow and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Editing : Peter Callam. Sound : Harry Gianneschi. Running time : 22 minutes and 25 seconds. Colour.

Films compiled from photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson :

1956. A Travers le Monde avec Henri Cartier-Bresson. . Directed by Jean-Marie Drot and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Running time : 21 minutes. Black and white.

1963. Midlands at Play and at Work. Produced by ABC Television, London. Running time : 19 minutes. Black and white.

1963-65. Five fifteen-minute films on Germany for the Süddeutscher Rundfunk, Munich.

1967. Flagrants délits. Directed by Robert Delpire. Original music score by Diego Masson. Delpire production, Paris. Running time : 22 minutes. Black and white.

1969. Québec vu par Cartier-Bresson / Le Québec as seen by Cartier-Bresson. Directed by Wolff Kœnig. Produced by the Canadian Film Board. Running time : 10 minutes. Black and white.

1970. Images de France. Film by Liliane de Kermadec for the ORTF Unité Trois Production

1991. Contre l'oubli : Lettre à Mamadou Bâ, Mauritanie. Short film directed by Martine Franck for Amnesty International. Editing : Roger Ikhlef. Running time: 3 minutes. Black and white.

1992. Henri Cartier-Bresson dessins et photos. Director : Annick Alexandre. Short film produced by FR3 Dijon, commentary by the artist. Running time: 2 minutes and 33 seconds. Colour.

1997. Série "100 photos du siècle" : L'Araignée d'amour: broadcast by Arte. Produced by Capa Télévision. Running time : 6 minutes and 15 seconds. Colour.

Films about Henri Cartier-Bresson :

N.D. Henri Cartier-Bresson. Directed by Gjon Mili. Running time : 2 minutes and 44 seconds. Black and white.

N.D. Primo Piano. Directed by Carlo Tuzii in collaboration with Romeo Martinez. Running time : 52 minutes. Black and white.

1962. L'Aventure Moderne : Henri Cartier-Bresson. Directed by Roger Kahane. Broadcast by Jean Bardin and Bernard Hubrenne. Production : ORTF Running time : 29 minutes. Black and white.

1994. H.C.B. Point d'interrogation ? A film directed by Sarah Moon. Take Five Production. French and English version. Running time : 38 minutes. Black and white.

1994. Contacts : Henri Cartier-Bresson. Film compiled from photographs, Robert Delpire, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris. Production : KS Vision. Running time: 15 minutes. Colour.

1997. La Conversation. Interview with Laure Adler, France. Prodution : France 3. Running time : 64 minutes. Colour.

1998. Pen, Brush and Camera. Directed by Patricia Wheatley. Production : BBC. Running time : 50 minutes. Colour.

1999. Entretiens avec Charlie Rose pour 60 minutes. Production : CBS. Running time : 55 minutes. Colour.

1999. "Le XXe siècle a vécu avec la photographie : conversation avec Henri Cartier-Bresson". Produced by NHK (cycle ETV Culture TV). Running time : 60 minutes. In Japanese. Colour.

2001. Profils, Henri Cartier-Bresson : L'amour tout court. Directed by Raphaël O’Byrne. Produced by Film à Lou. Broadcast by Arte. Running time : 70 minutes. Colour.

2003. Henri Cartier-Bresson " Biographie d'un regard ". A film by Heinz Bütler with Robert Delpire, Elliot Erwitt, Isabelle Huppert, Josef Koudelka, Arthur Miller and Ferdinando Scianna. Co-production : Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson and NZZ Neue Zurcher Zeitung. Colour.

Audio production :

1991. Henri Cartier-Bresson : le bon plaisir. Produit par Véra Feyder. FNAC/France Culture, Paris.