Magritte ou La leçon de choses (Luc de Heusch, 1960)
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Magritte ou La leçon de choses (Luc de Heusch, 1960)
Language
Taal
Langue
French
Subtitles
Ondertitels
Sous-titres
Dutch, English
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Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands
Duration
Duur
Longueur
15'
Aspect Ratio
Beeldverhouding
Format d'image
1.33

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. Pictorial images and film images interact and contradict each other, generating an interplay between the works of art and their staging by the filmmaker.

Magritte ou La leçon de choses can be situated in this tradition of films showing the artist at work. But in the case of Magritte, ‘work’ acquires a meaning quite different from the exploration and celebration of manual and physical labor evident in the films on Picasso, Pollock, or the COBRA artists. ‘I did not show Magritte as a technician of painting at all because this is senseless,’ de Heusch wrote. For de Heusch, Magritte is not a painter but ‘un imaginier, an image maker.’”

Steven Jacobs

 

Language
Taal
Langue
French
Subtitles
Ondertitels
Sous-titres
Dutch, English
Only available in
Enkel beschikbaar in
Disponible uniquement en
Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands
Duration
Duur
Longueur
15'
Aspect Ratio
Beeldverhouding
Format d'image
1.33
A Film by
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Un film de
With
Met
Avec
Serge Sauvion
Script
Scenario
Scénario
Jacques Delcorde, Luc de Heusch, Jean Raine
Image
Beeld
Image
Frédéric Geilfus, Oleg Tourjansky, Fernand Tack, Jacques Moniquet
Sound
Geluid
Son
Antoine Bonfanti, Jean Velu
Editing
Montage
Montage
Suzanne Baron
Music
Muziek
Musique
Célestin Deliège
Production
Productie
Production
Ministère de l'Instruction publique, RTBF - Radio Télévision Belge Francophone