1929 / The Netherlands / silent / B&W / 33 min / 35mm

Directors: Mannus Franken, Joris Ivens
Script: Jef Last
Camera, Editor: Joris Ivens
Production company: CAPI Amsterdam

Breakers is a tragic love story, shot in Katwijk, a village on the Dutch coast. A fisherman loses his job and turns to a pawnbroker for assistance. In addition to losing his money to the pawnbroker he also loses his fiancˇe to the same man. Deprived of his love and his work he decides to leave his village for the sea. Although the main credits for the direction of this film must go to Mannus Franken, this film is, apart from Wigwam (1912), Ivens's only fiction work. This film, which dates from early in his career, shows that fiction is not Ivens's strong suit. A thin story line is somewhat redeemed by occasionally beautiful photography - especially in the final sequence, for which Ivens placed his camera in a rubber sack with a glass front to film the turbulent movement of the sea, from amidst the breakers.



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