THE FILMS OF HENRI STORCK

 
Filmmaker Henri Storck

Filmmaker Henri Storck

 

Henri Storck was a Belgian author, filmmaker and documentarist. In 1933, he directed, with Joris Ivens, Misère au Borinage, a film about the miners in the Borinage area. In 1938, with Andre Thirifays and Pierre Vermeylen, he founded the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique.

 

 

GME distributes DVD editions of the following Henri Storck films:

 
 

HENRI STORCK: IMAGES D'OSTENDE - THE OSTEND FILMS

Henri Storck (Belgium)

Henri Storck (Ostend 1907 - Brussels 1999) lived through the whole history of cinema, passing from silent to sound, and from experimental to commercial films. He is recognised as a pioneer of Belgian cinema and a key figure in documentary. An eyewitness of his times, he made socially engaged films, but also poetic and experimental short films, films on art and a fiction feature.

 
 

HENRI STORCK: MISÈRE AU BORINAGE - THE SOCIAL FILMS

Henri Storck (Belgium)

MISÈRE AU BORINAGE brings together Storck's Social Films, including the 1933 title work co-directed with Joris Ivens, which has become a classic of the "cinema of reality", with which Storck was most closely associated. In 1937 he made LES MAISONS DE LA MISÈRE, denouncing slum housing in the same pamphleteering style, and in 1938 LE PATRON EST MORT, an account of the funeral of Emile Vandervelde, leader of the Belgian Labour Party.

 
 
 

CARL TH. DREYER: ONCE UPON A TIME (DER VAR ENGANG)

Henri Storck (Belgium)

Henri Storck (Ostend 1907 - Brussels 1999) lived through the whole history of cinema, passing from silent to sound, and from experimental to commercial films. He is recognised as a pioneer of Belgian cinema and a key figure in documentary. From 1924 to 1944, the old project of making a feature film comes true. SYMPHONIE PAYSANNE consists of four parts that correspond to the four seasons.

 
 
 

AVANT-GARDE 1927-1937: SURREALISM AND EXPERIMENT IN BELGIAN CINEMA

Various Directors (Belgium)

The debut films of Charles Dekeukeleire and Henri Storck, who would later become famous as documentary filmmakers, consisted of experiments, at the end of the 1920s, in search of a ‘pure cinema’. Collected together: Dekeukeleire’s COMBAT DE BOXE (1927), IMPATIENCE (1928), HISTOIRE DE DÉTECTIVE (1929), and VISIONS DE LOURDES (1932); Storck’s IMAGES D’OSTEND (1929), POUR VOS BEAUX YEUX (1929), HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT INCONNU (1932), and SUR LES BORDS DE LA CAMÉRA, among other important works.