1929 / The Netherlands / silent / B&W / 12 min / 35mm

Directors, Script, Producers: Joris Ivens, Mannus Franken
Script: Joris Ivens, Mannus Franken
Camera, Editor: Joris Ivens
Music: 1932: Lou Lichtveld, 1941: Hanns Eisler
Production company: CAPI Amsterdam

A day in the life of a rainshower. In this city symphony piece, Ivens captures Amsterdam's changing appearance throughout a rainshower. With poetry and a range of moods, sunny Amsterdam streets give way first to a few rain drops in the canals and then to pouring rain on windows, umbrellas, trams, and streets, until finally the weather clears and the sun breaks through once again. Although the action seems to take place all on one day, it took Ivens several months to shoot the film, for even in Amsterdam it doesn't rain every day. With The Bridge (1928), Rain established his reputation as an avant-garde film artist. In 1932 Ivens asked Lou Lichtveld, who also wrote the music for Philips Radio (1931), to help create a sound track for the film. In 1941 Rain inspired Hanns Eisler to compose his "Fourteen Ways to Describe Rain," an endeavor Eisler termed a "Film Music Project."



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