Films byTexts by Charles Dekeukeleire

Charles Dekeukeleire (1905-1971) was a Belgian film director. He is considered a pioneer of Belgian cinema, along with Henri Storck. Dekeukeleire is especially known for his experimental silent films, which include his debut film, Combat de boxe (1927), Impatience (1929), Histoire de détective (1930), and Flamme blanche (1930). He had a long career, spanning four decades and oscillating between making documentaries and commissioned works. His film Het kwade oog (1937) was Belgium’s first feature-length fiction film.

Charles Dekeukeleire, 1930, 8’

During a political demonstration at the foot of the Yser Tower, a young man working as a butcher commits an act of rebellion that is brutally suppressed by the authorities.

Charles Dekeukeleire, 1937, 74’

Based on a theme by Flemish playwright Herman Teirlinck, The Evil Eye is a story of a peasant village haunted by a villager rejected by society now returned to take his revenge and find his beloved.


Charles Dekeukeleire, 1938, 9’

“Dekeukeleire’s Thèmes d’inspiration (1938) compared portraits of Old and Modern Masters with footage of real people to demonstrate ‘that throughout the ages the soul of the people had not been changed’.