This film will take viewers on a tour through post-WWII Belgium. Music for the production was done by Cesar Frank (:10) and it is presented by The Belgium Government Information Center (:07). Philip Clarke narrates (:13) and it commences with a map of Belgium with as the capital Brussels (:26). The Northern Sea is banked by thousands of miles of sand dunes (:58). For generations this sea has provided subsistence for residents of the coastal cities (1:04). Footage of fishermen on horseback (1:26). They would cast a net over the saddle and hang baskets for their catch over the sides (1:26). Mackerel and other fish jump onto a ship’s deck (1:46). Behind the sand dunes, lay the villages dotted with windmills (2:17) as they were popular in the area of Flanders in the northwest. Desert land had been turned into gardens (2:51). Culture here traces its roots in Gaelic and Roman traditions (3:13). Houses within the village are white washed and red roofed (3:25) and a water mill is set within town (3:29). Picturesque shots of Ardennes include rolling hills, forests and valleys as this area is know for its beautiful landscape (3:47). Wallonia is one of the oldest parts of western Europe (3:56). Every inch of the land possible was used for farming including high in the mountains (4:59) as farmers only had five million acres available (5:09). Lumber is harvested from the slopes (5:27) and a truck rides down the road (5:33). From here the film moves into the industrial area (5:45) beginning with a steel mill (5:50). From within the mill, machines are at work pumping out commodities which had once been made by hand (6:25). Cables which connected the country with the world’s markets are moved through a machine (6:47). The area was known for its leather in mediaeval times and it was still produced here as a leather shoe is stitched together (7:08). Skilled craftsmen produced items like hand painted ceramic tiles (7:16) and the famous Val St. Lambert glass (7:21). From silverware production (7:43) to plates and interior design, homes were being installed with modern decoration and fashion (8:16). Industrialization lead to the need of better transportation exampled in bus lines, trains (8:34) and canals. Albert Canal (8:56) runs through northeastern Belgium and was the unfortunate scene of heavy fighting during WW2. The main port city is Antwerp (9:16) and this is where Allied troops had dropped supplies (9:42). Picturesque shots follow of sailing (9:58), sail wagon sporting (10:26), and prior to WW2, horses training along the waterline (10:26). A view from the River Meuse follows with the old towns lined up against it (11:26). The city of Dinant presents preserved old churches and cathedrals (11:31). One of the oldest cities located in the north western region near the French border is Veurne (11:55). The town combines gothic, renaissance and baroque elements and a traditional festival known as the Procession of Penitents (12:03) is shown. This is a centuries old religious tradition in which marchers cover themselves in clothes, carry crosses and other religious symbols (12:25) and exhibit genuine penitence. Bruges, known as the city of bridges and as one of the richest areas (12:41), is shown with one of the remaining gateways into the city as well as the river Reie running up against the buildings (13:43). The mansions and guild houses of the area follow (13:59) and lead into church art and sculptures (14:24). The renowned Tournai Cathedral is shown with five towers (14:54) as well as the city of Ghent which had been world known since the 7th century (14:59). Gravensteen, which is translated into the Castle of Counts and once housed the Counts of Flanders, (15:04) exemplifies the medieval and gothic style of the area. Located on the Dender river, is the city of Aalst which also retained its gothic style (15:56). The capitol, Bruges, follows with a shot of its market square surrounded by historic halls (16:26) as well as shots of its annual processions and folk festivals held in the streets (16:40). Buildings in Antwerp still retain the style from when it was the greatest seaport in the world (17:15). Perhaps the most well-known staples of Belgium is the Cathedral of Notre Dam (17:31). The famed artwork, ‘The Adoration of the Lamb’ follows (18:11). Other artists and their works represented are Quentin Matsys (19:07), Pieter Bruegel (19:34), Peter Paul Rubens (20:11), David Teniers (20:27), and Jacob Jordaens (20:31). The End (21:00).
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