Alternating wide shots of the crowd on the promenade or on the beach, with details or small scenes, or portraits (ah, the beautiful bathers!) the editing gives a very convincing rhythm of the joys of living. One forgets the constraints of the commission and has a glimpse of the images offered by an attentive filmmaker with an eye for the thousand and one little details that are played out on the sands.
Director : Henri Storck
Assistant : Armand Henneuse
Commentary : Eric de Haulleville, spoken by Joris Diels – directeur KNS
Camera : John Fernhout
Assistant : Marcel Delflandre
Editing : Henri Storck
Music : Marcel Poot
The orchestra of the National Institute for Radio Broadcasting of Belgium conducted by Stan Brenders.
Production : CEP
Director of Production : R.G. Le Vaux
Commissioned film : Belgo-Luxemburg Tourism Office
Dutch version entitled Zonnig Leven aan het strand, text by Marnix Gijsen.
English version entitled Summer by the sea.
35mm/B and W/14’/1936
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Acrobatically poised at the top of a mast, Storck and his assistants created dizzying perspectives on the teeming crowds or, slipping between the supine bodies on the beach, they snatched living portraits of great substance: the parading, the nonchalance of the bathers, the activities of the athletes, the sports and the children’s games are captured in sparkling images, veiled with the white spray of the water and mother-of-pearl shadows. The youthful rhythms of Marcel Poot’s music adds to the infectious vivacity of this joyful work.
A pleasant cinematographic poem. Light, joyful, sprinkled with little moments of humour. It expresses a striving, a trend, a state of mind: that of the whole cinematographic team surrounding Henri Storck. This young director has always fought to produce films that would stand out from ordinary productions in that they would be human, truly cinematographic, properly organised.
René Jauniaux, Le Peuple, February 28, 1937