The Cinema of the Low Countries

Edited by Ernest Mathijs. With a foreword by George Sluizer (director of The Vanishing)

Wallflower Press

The Cinema of the Low Countries

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Pub Date: September 2004

ISBN: 9781904764007

256 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: September 2004

ISBN: 9781904764014

256 Pages

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The Cinema of the Low Countries

Edited by Ernest Mathijs. With a foreword by George Sluizer (director of The Vanishing)

Wallflower Press

Films of the Low Countries have long been regarded as isolated texts. This book points to the interconnectedness between Low Countries films from different genres, regions, languages, and formats. Building on each film's relationship with its particular cultural context, the volume presents twenty-four especially commisioned essays by renowned writers, each one focusing on one key film. The volume covers the work of internationally acclaimed directors such as Joris Ivens, Henri Storck, Paul Verhoeven, and the Dardenne Brothers. Key films discussed include Turkish Delight, The Vanishing, Daughters of Darkness, Character, Rosetta, and Man Bites Dog.
Notes on Contributors
Introduction, by Ernest Mathijs
1. War Is Hell (Maudite soit la guerre, 1914), by Leen Engelen
2. Zuiderzee (1930-33) and New Earth (Nieuwe Gronden, 1933), by Thomas Waugh
3. Borinage (Misère au Borinage, 1934), by Bert Hogenkamp
4. Whitey (De witte, 1934), by Daniel Biltereyst and Sofie Van Bauwel
5. The Trouble with Money (Komedie om Geld, 1936), by Ansje Van Beusekom
6. Glass (Glas, 1958), by Jan-Pieter Everaerts
7. The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short (De man die zijn haar kort liet knippen, 1965), by Philip Mosley
8. Mira (Mira, of de teleurgang van de waterhoek, 1971), by Erik Martens
9. Daughters of Darkness (Les lèvres rouges, 1971), by Ernest Mathijs
10. Turkish Delight (Turks Fruit, 1973), by Xavier Mendik
11. Mariken (Mariken van Nieumeghen, 1974), by Bas Agterberg
12. Jeanne Dielman (Jeanne Dielman 23 Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles, 1975), by Catherine Fowler
13. Soldier of Orange (Soldaat van Oranje, 1977), by Johan Swinnen
14. Twice a Woman (Twee Vrouwen, 1979), by Hans Van Driel
15. A Question of Silence (De stilte rond Christine M., 1982), by Jan Udris
16. Crazy Love (1987), by Pete Tombs
17. The Vanishing (Spoorloos, 1988), by Steven Jay Schneider
18. A Wopbobaloobop a Lopbamboom (1989), by Viviane Thill
19. Toto the hero (Toto le héros, 1991), by Lieve Spaas
20. The Northerners (De Noorderlingen, 1992), by Paul Van Yperen
21. Man Bites Dog (C'est arrivé près de chez vous, 1992), by Frank Lafond
22. Character (Karakter, 1997), by Peter Bosma
23. Left Luggage (Twee koffers vol, 1998), by Mikel Koven
24. Rosetta (1999), by Wouter Hessels
Filmography
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Ernest Mathijs is lecturer in film studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has written extensively on Belgian cinema and has coedited the forthcoming Big Brother International (coeditor Janet Jones) and Alternative Europe (coeditor Xavier Mendik).