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The Vintagent Classics: Impatience

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 16:50
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The Vintagent Classics: The films that shaped us…(need a good tag line)

Impatience (1928)

Run Time: 36:57
Director: Charles Dekeukeleire
Cast: Yonnie Selma
Music: Amatorski


Charles Dekeukeleire (27 February 1905 – 2 June 1971) was a Belgian film director . He pioneered modern Belgian film with Henri Storck . He was inspired by French avant-garde cinema, particularly the works of Germaine Dulac.


Influenced by the ideas of Futurist & Dadaist artists, Dekeukeleire wanted to create ‘pure cinema’. The film is built around four series of images: ‘a motorbike, a woman, a mountain and abstract blocks’. There is no linear storyline, yet the treatment and combination of the elements (human, machine, nature, speed, shapes) is eerily poetic and echoes the works of modernist painters, musicians and writers of that period.

When it premiered, Charles Dekeukeleire stated that the gaze of the spectators must adapt, to let itself slip along with the film to feel the fragments of various lengths. The desire for physical contact with the machine is at the base of this film. In this drama with four characters (The Mountain, The Motorbike Abstract, The Woman and the Blocks), the mechanical body, which of the Motorbike is strongly associated with the female body, first clothed and then naked with leather. Dekeukeleire exchanges parts between the two characters, resulting in a suggestive motorbike-woman / woman-motorbike. These two characters, the Motorbike and the Woman, then enter into interaction with the abstracted Mountain and Blocks, as if the director intended analogies between humanity, the animal world, the vegetable world and the mechanical world.


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