February 2019

German art and film between the wars (1919-1939)

Welcome to The Arts Society Brussels
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 20:00
2 Avenue Paul Hymans, Brussels 1200
1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert 1200

At this lecture we will examine the often dystopian vision of the city and society

This lecture explores the relationship of art to film in the crucial years in Germany between the wars.  
Fritz Lang's classic masterpiece Metropolis (1926) will be our starting point to understanding expressionism in German cinema.  The blueprint of the murder/suspense/thriller genre film M (1931), was made by the same director and will be closely examined for its invention and influences. The paintings and drawings of Dix, Grosz and Beckmann will support our investigation into this highly important twenty years of European culture.


Mr John Francis

John is an inspirational speaker who has delivered lecturers, workshops in the US (Texas, California, Massachusetts), Beijing, Malaysia and the UK. Initially trained as a painter, John was awarded the Max Beckmann Memorial Scholarship in painting in Brooklyn, New York and went on to be artist in resident for the state of Texas.

Later in his career John produced and directed several short films and animations. He has taught film, art and pedagogy at the University of Exeter, Arts University Bournemouth, University Sains Malaysia, Southwestern College, California, Brunel University, London and recently Kingston University.