This Week’s Agenda
One hundred years ago, in 1921, the founder and former director of the Belgian film archive and museum Jacques Ledoux was born on October 26. To celebrate “one hundred years of Jacques Ledoux”, CINEMATEK is screening two films on his birthday: Plan of Brussels (Robert Beavers, 1966-68) and La jetée (1963) by Chris Marker – who was born in the same year as Ledoux. Both films feature the brief presence of Jacques Ledoux.
Also screened in CINEMATEK is Public Housing (1997) by Frederick Wiseman. Here, Wiseman documents the daily life of the residents of the Ida B. Wells public housing development in the city of Chicago. The projects have been torn down and rebuilt completely between 2002 and 2011. At the time the film was made, in 1997, gentrification had yet to take place and the daily problems facing the predominantly black and poor population were immense.
Another celebration, yet of a completely different kind, in Ixelles’ Kinograph this week, where The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980) will be screened on All Hallows’ Eve. “To be afraid you need to know you’re more alone than others and smaller than the screen,” Serge Daney once wrote. In the same piece, he also wrote that “[f]rom Psycho to The Shining, for a while now there’s been nothing more disturbing than ‘site visits’ and those increasingly cinephile and mannerist returns to the ‘scene of the crime’.” This weekend, we advise you to visit a cinema that is equipped with a screen larger than yourself, to make sure you know you’re alone and, subsequently, to be afraid.