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A new book from Aperture Foundation publishes 22 Ned Scott images from Redes Film

on Wednesday, 02 June 2010. Posted in News

A new book from Aperture Foundation was published last Fall. The subject is Paul Strand's work in Mexico during the years 1932-34. James Krippner, a history professor at Haverford College in Pennsylvania is the author. Professor Krippner and I have been corresponding over a period of time concerning the making the Redes/The Wave in 1934. Since Ned Scott did the honors as still photographer for that production, Professor Krippner contacted me for research and photographic consult. The Aperture Foundation has devoted a full chapter of their new four chapter book to this film project, the first one Paul Strand was to attempt in his career. The book features 22 reprinted images from the Ned Scott's Redes film still files. The Ned Scott Archive supplied all the captions for the images. Fred Zinnemann called these images "classics" in his 1992 autobiography "Fred Zinnemann: An Autobiography: A Life in the Movies". Original Strand and Scott prints from the book were exhibited in New York as the book was released. A traveling exhibit will visit several cities around the globe in the coming months. Each volume contains a restored version of the film in DVD format.

This book is a prodigious, scholarly treatise of the subject matter. The printing is superb.

Three angry fishermen from Redes Film by Ned Scott

Three Angry Fishermen by Ned Scott

Film directors photographed by Ned Scott in 1930's and 1940's

on Thursday, 03 November 2011. Posted in News

It was inevitable that Ned Scott would find his camera turned in the direction of a film's director at some point during the movie production. I do not believe that film directors as a group were shy about this kind of activity, but some were less reluctant than others to greet the other end of the camera. Ned Scott's often unscripted and even casual photographs which included film directors with their actors and other cast and crew members became excellent documentations of the film making process. I have tracked a number of these photographs in my research and I am always on the hunt for more. To my surprise, I have discovered that several of these photographs have been published in books of the genre over the years. Each time Ned Scott was correctly credited as the creating photographer. Ned Scott's first director photograph caught Fred Zinnemann on the job in Alvarado, Mexico for "Redes" film. The earliest known Hollywood photograph of a director occurred in 1935 with "Spring Night", Ned Scott's first Hollywood film production with director Tatiana Tuttle, known to everyone as "Tania". Others have been logged and filed in the archive, some Ned Scott saved himself and others I have purchased during research. These include Tay Garnett from "Trade Winds" , James Roosevelt from "Pot O Gold", John Ford from "Stagecoach" and "The Long Voyage Home", Zoltan Korda from "Sahara", Charles Vidor from "A Song to Remember", Fritz Lang from "Hangmen Also Die" and William Wellman from "A Story of G.I. Joe". All of these say something important about each director, and because of that, they are worth documenting as a photograph type. They also relate important aspects of the relationship between director and the cast members. Notice the relaxed intimacy on display in this image of Charles Vidor who directed "A Song to Remember" in 1944. My own personal favorite director photograph is the one of Fritz Lang on the set of "Hangmen Also Die".

director Charles Vidor from "A Song to Remember"

Director Charles Vidor, flanked by Cornel Wilde and Merle Oberon from "A Song to Remember" 1944 by Ned Scott

Martin Scorsese's WCF links to Ned Scott archive for film project

on Saturday, 25 February 2012. Posted in News

Martin Scorsese, through the World Cinema Foundation, has restored the 35mm film REDES which has been a cult favorite in art houses over the intervening 76 years since its release in 1936 in Mexico. This cultural protest film, one of the first of its kind in Mexico, features several firsts beyond the simple genre statement. It was the first major score for the Mexican composer Silvestre, it was the first Fred Zinnemann directed film, and it was the first Paul Strand produced film. The World Cinema Foundation, or WCF, patiently and quite expensively restored the film with its original English subtitles. Their painstaking work is superb, capturing the the distinct mood and feel of the original.

The WCF operations director, Mr. Doug Liable, had an interest in incorporating a number of Ned Scott's stills from the film to be placed as supporting material for a DVD extra which will be tied to the restored DVD. The Ned Scott Archive was happy to oblige. On this DVD extra, Professor James Krippner is interviewed about his new book "Paul Strand in Mexico", Aperture Foundation, 2010. One of the four chapters of this book deals with the production of "Redes", and he details the cultural aspects and production highlights of this film during the interview. While he is speaking, the Ned Scott stills from the movie will be presented in the background in a similar fashion to the process of a Ken Burns feature documentary.

Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese

Photo courtesy of World Cinema Foundation , Brigitte Lacombe, photographer

Redes film photo shows 1934 Alvarado architecture details

on Thursday, 07 June 2012. Posted in News

While stationed in Alvarado, Mexico in 1934 to shoot the Mexican film "REDES" in 1934, Ned Scott used his 5 x 7 Graflex camera to photograph architectural details of the town during his off-duty hours. James Krippner, a professor of history, wrote a book which discussed Paul Strand's work in Mexico from 1932-34 titled Paul Strand in Mexico, 1932-34. His research entailed a visit to Alvarado in early 2010. He communicated to me after the visit that Alvarado had changed completely from those heady and rich days of 1934. The town had lost its rural, semi-isolated flavor, and the structures had been updated. Ned Scott's images of the 1934 architectural details of the town reflect just what the life was like for its citizens, especially the fishermen.

It's a relaxed but highly textured matrix of buildings, residences, narrow dirt roads all surrounding the ubiquitous domed church, set on the estuary of the Papaloapan River. Hints of Greek and Roman classical styles are juxtaposed with wooden plank structures with rolled tin roofs or clay tile. The larger buildings are all government buildings, and the more well-to-do private residences front clay streets. Life was simple, and the economy of the town revolved around fishing for haddock.

dramed door

Framed doorway, Alvarado, Mexico, 1934 by Ned Scott