Avant-garde 1927-1937: Surrealism and Experiment in Belgian Cinema

Ten films by Charles Dekeukeleire, Henri Storck, Henri d'Ursel et Ernst Moerman.

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At the end of the nineteen twenties, two future film-makers discover their medium. Charles Dekeukeleire and Henri Storck will become famous documentary film-makers, but their debuts consist of experiments and the search of a 'pure cinema'. With the occasional surrealists Henri d'Ursel and Ernst Moerman, they make up the first avant-garde generation in Belgian cinema.

Seven composers wrote the music for these unique films: Joachim Brackx, Eric Sleichim, Jan Van Outryve, Annelies Van Parys (in residence at Transparant) and Mireille Capelle, Geert Callaert and Thomas Smetryns (in residence at HERMESensemble). The works for ensemble are performed by the HERMES ensemble conducted by Koen Kessels. In the essay that accompanies the two DVDs, Xavier Canonne reconstructs the thrilling years 1927-1937.

2 DVD, 202'

Comes in a hardcover book of 104 pages with texts on the films.

Author(s)Charles Dekeukeleire, Henri Storck, Henri d'Ursel et Ernst Moerman
Format2 DVD PAL Interzone/Region-Free, Hardcover book/Livre relié
Original format35mm
Year1927-1937
Language(s)French
SubtitlesEnglish, French, Dutch
Runtime64 min, 138 min
Pages104
PublisherRoyal Belgium Film Archive

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