Les vacances de Monsieur MAG [French version]

1993 00:59:57 col. and b&w

’Les Vacances de Monsieur MAG’ tracks the development of René Magritte’s body of work, and it also sheds a light on the persona of the artist, as well as on his views on being an artist. The first part, ’Zonder leven, geen kuns’t (’Without life, no art’), mainly focuses on his early work, with examples of the threat of catastrophe and his flight from it, from troubled corporality, from disrupted spaces and interiors. There is a focus on Magritte’s artist’s pose as a citizen-in-a-hat. In the second part, ’Tegendraads en Ondersteboven’ (’Contrary and upside-down’), the disrespectful, playfully sarcastic side of Magritte is exposed, an important aspect of his personality, which reveals itself in the work of the forties (the so-called ‘Renoir’ period and the ‘période vache’). Magritte’s 8mm and Super-8 film material, shot from 1956 onwards and largely spoilt in cutting at the end of his life, was reconstructed for this film. These film shorts and fragments are situated and shown within the context of the overall body of work.

Directed by Cornelis, Jef
Texts and films Magritte, René
Research and scenario Verschaffel, Bart
Poduction Sauwen, Rik
Comment voice Van Dijck, Dirk
Voice of René Magritte De Schrijver, Damiaan
Camera in-'t-Ven, Roger
Camera de Cock, Pol
Sound Bosse, Willem
Restoration 8mm films Defurne, Bavo
Graphics Boeye, Helga
Film-to-video transfer Moreels, Raf
Editing Staes, Dany
Music performance (quartet 1) van der Paal, Rolande
Music (composition) De Decker, George
Music (composition) Weis, Ward
Mixing De Niel, Walter
Music performance (quartet 2) Roelants, Bruno
Music performance (quartet 2) Wijckmans, Marie-Jeanne
Production assistant Binnemans, Eva
Music performance (quartet 1) De Bruyne, Jo
Music performance (quartet 1) Kempenaere, Cecile
Music performance (quartet 1) Vankeirsbilck, Johan
Music performance (quartet 2) Jacquemijn, Peter
Music performance (quartet 2) Kwi, Slavek
Produced by BRTN (Departement Cultuur)
Production Sauwen, Rik