Belgian Art Cinema (1938–60): Three short films

This screening is part of The Power of Belgian Cinema.

It includes a lecture that starts at 6:30 PM.
The film itself will begin around 7:45 PM.
There is also a Q&A afterwards.

23 April 2024 | 18:30

35 minutes | OV-FR st EN (French language, English subtitles)
Nederlandse tekst onder // Texte français en bas

Lecture “Belgian Art Cinema” by Steven Jacobs + Three short films by Charles Dekeukeleire, Henri Storck and Luc de Heusch

This is the eighth in “The Power of Belgian Cinema”, a series of combined lectures and screenings highlighting the accomplishments of Belgian filmmakers on an international level. Over the course of eleven evenings, eleven Belgian film scholars will visit Cinema RITCS to discuss important movements, films, filmmakers in the moving history of Belgian cinema. Each lecture is followed by a screening of a Belgian film (with English subtitles). The screening is then followed by a short Q&A with the film scholar or an invited filmmaker.

18:30 – 19:30 : Lecture
19:45 – 21:45 : Film

About the films
Dekeukeleire’s Thèmes d’inspiration (1938) (9 minutes) compared portraits of Old and Modern Masters with footage of real people to demonstrate ‘that throughout the ages the soul of the people had not been changed’. Constantly shifting between the past and the present, Thèmes d’inspiration is marked both by the avant-garde (to which Dekeukeleire had contributed earlier with film poems inspired by Germaine Dulac and a series of montage films) and by the new documentary trends of the 1930s.

Henri Storck’s The World of Paul Delvaux (1944) (11 minutes) is an historic film since it is the first that Henri Storck made about art. It is an original success that places the exploration of the painting in the foreground and accompanies it with a text and music of great quality. It is a cinematographic poem wherein the director has instinctively felt that which he will make the focus of his work: the painting is king.

Luc de Heusch’ Magritte ou la leçon des choses (1960) (15 minutes) is an artist’s portrait of the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte in a didactic narrative form. Magritte’s works are shown in a series alternating with images of the artist at work or during his daily activities, while his ideas are commented on by a voice-over. As in Magritte’s paintings, parallels are drawn between objects, their representation and their referent words.

About the speaker 
Steven Jacobs is an art historian specialized in the relations between film and the visual arts. His other research interests focus on the visualization of architecture, cities, and landscapes in film and photography. In addition, he has worked on various topics of Belgian modern art and architecture and he curated exhibitions at SMAK Ghent and other museums. 

At Ghent University, Steven Jacobs teaches courses on modern and contemporary art. He also teaches film history at the Department of Literature of the University of Antwerp.

Lezing “Belgian Art Cinema” door Steven Jacobs + Drie kortfilms van Charles Dekeukeleire, Henri Storck en Luc de Heusch

Dit is de achtste film in de reeks “THE POWER OF BELGIAN CINEMA”, waarin telkens een klassieke Belgische film wordt voorgesteld met een Engelstalige lezing. De film wordt daarna vertoond met Engelse ondertiteling.

We vertonen drie kortfilms: THÈMES D’INSPIRATION (1938) (9 minuten) van Charles Dekeukeleire, DE WERELD VAN PAUL DELVAUX (1944) (11 minuten) van Henri Storck, en MAGRITTE OF DE LES DER DINGEN (1960) (15 minuten) van Luc de Heusch.

Conference “Belgian Art Cinema” pour Steven Jacobs + Trois court-métrages de Charles Dekeukeleire, Henri Storck et Luc de Heusch

C’est la huitième séance de la série « THE POWER OF BELGIAN CINEMA » (LA PUISSANCE DU CINÉMA BELGE), dans laquelle un film belge classique est présenté avec une conférence en anglais. Le film sera ensuite projeté sous-titré en anglais.

Après la conference, on va projeter trois courts-métrages: THÈMES D’INSPIRATION (1938) (9′) de Charles Dekeukeleire, LE MONDE DE PAUL DELVAUX (1944) (11′) de Henri Storck, et MAGRITTE OU LA LEÇON DES CHOSES (1960) (15′) de Luc de Heusch.

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