Strand, Under the Dark Cloth

Poster for Strand, Under the Dark Cloth

Spring 2008 Documentary series

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at 7:00pm

Acadia Cinema's Al Whittle Theatre
450 Main Street, Wolfville, NS

Directed by John Walker

Screenplay by Seaton Findlay

Starring John Walker, Blanche Brown, Milton Brown, Leo Hurwitz, Georgia O'Keefe, Walter Rosenblum, Virginia Stevens, Hazel Strand, and Cesare Zavattini

Rated 14A · 1h 21m

Director John Walker will be in attendance and a Q&A will take place following the film.

Although his influence on the history of photography has been nothing short of profound, Paul Strand (1890-1976) remains a curiously shrouded and paradoxical figure. While passionately devoted to humanity, he was happiest in the isolation of the darkroom. A pioneer filmmaker, (Manhatta, Native Land, Heart of Spain, The Wave), he found the process of collaboration painful.

Strand established himself in New York in the 1920s as a master of light and structure, with his now famous photo of Wall Street inspired by the forms and movement of European modernist painters such as Matisse and Picasso. His closeup portraits and landscapes were equally profound.

John Walker’s Strand: Under the Dark Cloth is a documentary that is “beautifully crafted, thoroughly researched and intimately recounted” (Variety) with generous amounts of Strand’s most famous photographs, clips from his films and collaborators including Fred Zinnemann, Cesare Zavattini and Georgia O’Keeffe.

It is a valuable and comprehensive introduction to the life and work of Paul Strand suitable for both art historians and general viewers alike.

Strand: Under the Dark Cloth won a Genie Award for Best Documentary.