The Street
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The film De straat (The Street) begins with images of a protest in a street. These are immediately followed by shots of a motorway, filmed from above. The accompanying text is revealing: "Of the street not much is left but a traffic road - a movement machine, as Le Corbusier described it[...] The habitable space of the city, the street, has degenerated into a pure locus for traffic." The car has destroyed the street and community life, and the images reinforce this story of loss. Shots of Belgian cities, overrun by cars and trucks, alternate with idyllic sequences of places in Italy where children spend entire days on the street. In short, the film is a vivid case against motorized traffic in our cities.

In 1973, Cornelis received the La Prague Dorée Award for his The Street, presented at the 10th Prague Television Festival. This marked the beginning of the film’s triumphal march across Europe.

Price
Prijs
Prix
€ 3,50
Voice-over
Voice-over
Voix off
Dutch, English, French
Available
Beschikbaar
Disponible
Worldwide
Duration
Duur
Longueur
42
Aspect Ratio
Beeldverhouding
Format d'image
1.33
De straat (Jef Cornelis, 1972)
English Voice-Over
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An ode to the street which once was, as an open place where people lived and played. But an equally vivid case against the street which has degenerated into a mere locus for traffic.

De straat (Jef Cornelis, 1972)
English Voice-Over
,

An ode to the street which once was, as an open place where people lived and played. But an equally vivid case against the street which has degenerated into a mere locus for traffic.

De straat (Jef Cornelis, 1972)
English Voice-Over
De Straat (Jef Cornelis, 1972)
Dutch Voice-Over
,

An ode to the street which once was, as an open place where people lived and played. But an equally vivid case against the street which has degenerated into a mere locus for traffic.

De Straat (Jef Cornelis, 1972)
Dutch Voice-Over
,

An ode to the street which once was, as an open place where people lived and played. But an equally vivid case against the street which has degenerated into a mere locus for traffic.

De Straat (Jef Cornelis, 1972)
Dutch Voice-Over
De Straat (Jef Cornelis, 1972)
French Voice-Over
,

An ode to the street which once was, as an open place where people lived and played. But an equally vivid case against the street which has degenerated into a mere locus for traffic.

De Straat (Jef Cornelis, 1972)
French Voice-Over
,

An ode to the street which once was, as an open place where people lived and played. But an equally vivid case against the street which has degenerated into a mere locus for traffic.

De Straat (Jef Cornelis, 1972)
French Voice-Over