Split Screen: Belgian Cinema and Cultural Identity

Split Screen: Belgian Cinema and Cultural Identity

by Philip Mosley

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Overview

Explores the historical evolution of Belgian cinema as well as its contemporary situation within the evolving contexts of global media and European unity.

In presenting the first English language study of Belgian cinema, Split Screen explores the fascinating history of a cinema largely determined by linguistic division and beset by problems of cultural identity. This “split screen” characterizes the Belgian cinema, which has not received the critical praise that it deserves, despite the recent international successes of films like Toto the Hero, and the achievements of individual directors such as Henri Storck, André Delvaux, and Chantal Akerman. In surveying the evolution of Belgian cinema from its beginnings to the present day, Philip Mosley locates all the major feature films, describes the crucial intervention of the state in film production, and reveals undervalued Belgian traditions in documentary, in animation, in short films, and in a colonial cinema created partly by missionaries in the former Belgian Congo. Due to the political and economic transformations affecting Europe, the reforms of the Belgian state, and the increasing globalization of world media industries, Belgian cinema can now inscribe itself within new national and international contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791447482
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 10/28/2000
Series: SUNY series, Cultural Studies in Cinema/Video Series
Pages: 267
Product dimensions: 5.92(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Philip Mosley is Associate Professor of English, Communications, and Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University–Worthington Scranton.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments

1. Belgian Cinema and Cultural Identity

2. Beginnings to the Coming of Sound

3. Sound to Liberation, 1930-1945

4. The Postwar Period, 1945-1960

5. A New Era, 1960-1975

6. Reaction and Revival, 1975-

7. Belgian Cinema and the New Europe

Notes
Works Cited
Index

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