The commentary is informative but fades into the background to leave room for the sounds of the great bell and the other bells. There are some beautiful shots taken from bell towers and sequences where we see this amazing mechanism of wood, ropes and metal in action, animated by the vigorous gestures of the bell ringers who bustle about like athletic musicians. Filming a concert is difficult. Here, the originality of the instrument allows the filmmaker to move beyond traditional images by concentrating as much on the musician as on the body of the instrument
Director : Henri Storck
Commentary : Eric de Haulleville, spoken by Camille Goemans
Camera : John Fernhout
Editing : Henri Storck
Sound : R.H. Eliot (Ciné Studios)
Production : CEP
Commissioned film : Belgo-Luxembourg Tourism Office (OBLUT)
With the collaboration of the bell ringers: Jef Denyn and Staf Nees from Maline and Géo Clément of Tournai
Dutch version entitled De Beiaarden.
English version entitled Bells of Belgium
Swiss version entitled Klock spelen
35mm/B and W/13’/1936
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This work was immediately accepted when submitted to the jury of this important competition, (the Biennial of Venice, 1936)… It illustrates with precise and harmonious images, which the music of the bells envelops in their natural atmosphere, this typically national art of bell ringing that is one of the charms of our urban landscape.
L’avant garde, August 21, 1936