by Barbara HAMMER
2003 / 16mm / color-b&w / sound / 1S / 80' 00

What are our responsibilities during a time of political crisis?

War forces people to make choices. WWII in Southern France is the setting for this film that highlights the painters Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard along with war resisters and refugees. They all lived or passed through Cassis and other towns along the Mediterranean Coast where light made a paradise of shimmering reflections. What did they do in time of war? Viewers will be challenged to look at their own choices in troubling times

Shot in the Mediterranean fishing village of Cassis, France, the
film recounts the histories of French and German Resistance fighters as well
as those of the painters Bonnard and Matisse, who continued to
produce landscapes, portraits, and still lifes in this land of light
and beauty, even as the Nazis occupied France. How can art
exist during a time of political crisis?

The unique Resistance stories of the wife, daughter and son of Henri Matisse are highlights of this compelling documentary noted for its painterly beauty and complex editing strategies.


distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
original language English
rental fee 350,00 €