Firstly the hands, with their functions of survival (taking, embracing, caressing, etc.), then the gestures of prayer common to all religions, finally the plunge into pantomime, dance and its ritual of communication through different civilisations: China, Albania, Hawaii, Japan, India. The cinematographic set up is austere, voluntarily theatrical, excluding any possibility of becoming distracted by an anecdotal backdrop so as to fix attention on the very substance of the subject: the body and its gestures. A fade to black and the commentary mark the passages from one dance to another. This is a sober and didactic approach to body language.
Director : Henri Storck
Argument : Juana
Text : Juana, adapted by Jacques Delcorde
Choreography : Joy Dillingham
Sets and stage effects : Corneille Hannoset
Camera : Paul De Fru, assisted by Jacques Moniquet
Voice : Jeanine Cherel and Jacques Delcorde
Guitar music : Nicolas Alfonso
Sound : Westrex
Continuity girl : Françoise Storck
Production : CEP
Director of production : Louis Boogaerts
Laboratory : Dassonville
Film commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Dutch version entitled Twee handen.
English version entitled One pair of hands.
35mm/B and W/23’/1962
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The grace of dance combined with anthropological dryness.
Francis Bolen, Histoire authentique du cinéma belge, Ed. Mémo et Codec, 1978