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Charles Dekeukeleire, André Cauvin, Paul Haesaerts, Pierre Alechinsky, Henri Storck & Luc de Heusch
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The 1940s and 1950s can be considered the heyday of the experimental art film. In that era, leading filmmakers such as Alain Resnais, Henri Alekan and Henri-Georges Clouzot presented the art documentary as a truly experimental genre that enabled them to combine cinematic experiments with artistic profundity. Also Belgian filmmakers such as Charles Dekeukeleire, André Cauvin, Henri Storck, Paul Haesaerts, and Luc de Heusch among others made important contributions to the development of the art film. Their films were clearly more than mere camera registrations of artworks but attempted at translating the perception of the original artworks into a truly cinematic experience. While some of their films demonstrated that cinema could become a useful tool for art analysis, others focused on the representation of artists such as Picasso, Magritte, Delvaux, Alechinksy, and Dotremont at work. Closely connected to or inspired by avant-garde currents such as Surrealism or CoBrA, these filmmakers were convinced that films on art should also be 'art films' in themselves, which are characterized by a self-conscious modernist or avant-garde aesthetic.

This publication brings together 3 DVD's with 19 of the most important films and a book with an essay by Steven Jacobs on the experimental art film in Belgium. Steven Jacobs is art historian specialised in photography and film. He is author of The Wrong House: The Architecture of Alfred Hitchcock (010 Publishers, 2007) and Framing Pictures: Film and the Visual Arts (Edinburgh University Press, 2011). He teaches modern and contemporary art at the department of Art-, Music- and Theatre Studies of Ghent University, Belgium.

DVD 1 - Charles Dekeukeleire, André Cauvin, Paul Haesaerts, Pierre Alechinsky
Themes of inspiration
Charles Dekeukeleire, 1938 - 9'
The Mystic Lamb
André Cauvin, 1939 - 8'
Return of the Mystic Lamb
André Cauvin, 1946- 10'
Hans Memling, Painter of the Madonna
André Cauvin, 1939 - 11'
Visit to Picasso
Paul Haesaerts, 1950 - 20'
From Renoir to Picasso
Paul Haesaerts, 1950 - 30'
Four Belgian Painters at Work
Paul Haesaerts, 1952 - 34'
Japanese Calligraphy
Pierre Alechinsky, 1956 - 16'


DVD 2 - Henri Storck
The World of Paul Delvaux
Henri Storck, 1944-46 - 11'
An Artists Gathering
Henri Storck, 1945 - 3'
Henri Storck / Paul Haesaerts, 1948 - 64'
The Open Window
Henri Storck, 1952 - 19'
Paul Delvaux or the Forbidden Women
Henri Storck, 1969-70 - 26'
Herman Teirlinck
Henri Storck, 1953 - 54'


DVD 3 - Luc de Heusch
Magritte or the Object Lesson
Luc de Heusch, 1960 - 14'
Alechinsky From Life
Luc de Heusch, 1970 - 20'
Dotremont-The Logograms
Luc de Heusch, 1972 - 14'
I'm Crazy, I'm Foolish, I'm Nasty. A Self Portrait of James Ensor
Luc de Heusch, 1990 - 54'
Michel De Ghelderode
Luc de Heusch, 1957 - 21'


Are also available separately:
Art & Cinéma - Henri Storck and Art & Cinéma - Luc de Heusch

3 DVD's
PAL / All regions / 425 min.

Languages French, Dutch, English
Subtitles Dutch, French, English

Essay by Steven Jacobs in English, French and Dutch

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Art & Cinema Collection (3 dvd's + book)47 €
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