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Pour vos beaux yeux or for your beautiful eyes is a silent film from 1929 by Henri Storck. The film belongs to the first avant-garde, experimental films of Belgium.

The film[Edit]Edit

Pour vos beaux yeux is one of the first films by Henri Storck and was created in collaboration with his friend Félix Labisse, a painter, who wrote the screenplay. Storck, recently returned from Paris, was in the making of this short meditation on the look influenced by the French filmmaker Luis Buñuel, who a year earlier Un chien andaloumade in collaboration with Salvador Dalí, with the most famous scene an eye that is cut with a razor blade.

Synopsis[Edit]Edit

Pour vos beaux yeux shows in 75 shots a meditation on the look. A young man finds a glass eye and this small but fascinating given leads the viewer into a world of optical obsession. The character wavers between attraction and repulsion to the eye (and view) and that way is also reflected on the medium of film. After all, one who looks at who, through what eyes? Henri Storck flirt – just like his inspiration behind Luis Buñuel – clearly with the surrealism, a movement that in the 20s and 30s a part of the historical avant-garde embodied.

After a failed attempt to sell the eye to an optician, ends up the eye in a box, a post package, ready to see the world, at least that suggest the images of numerous maps.But the farther in this Visual experiment, the more the eyes seem to look at an inner world. The parcel post is not accepted and so the eye remains in the possession of the main character, that decision to perform a ritual dance around the object found. Ironically, he wears a mask: maybe he wants to hide and this will no longer be seen by the staring but impersonal eye? Or maybe it's just an imitation, depersonalisering, equivalent to the private to the object to which he became fascinated. The mask disappears, and also the eye, when the character it sits down. Rest Finally, a delirium of eyes, images that the viewer seem to look.

Rediscovery[Edit]Edit

This film seemed forgotten for a long time, but was released on dvd in early 21st century with some Belgian avant-garde cinema artists including Charles Dekeukeleire and Henri Storck.

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