Archive of films The Reading Lesson / Het leesplankje

Netherlands
1973, 10 min

Section: Johan van der Keuken
Year: 2002

In Dutch primary schools, first-years learn to read via traditional methods involving words and pictures. With creative irony, the director develops this system by gradually replacing images from conventional teaching aids with shots taken from major political and social issues of the moment.


Synopsis

In a Dutch primary school, first years learn to read via traditional methods using words in combination with pictures. In a creative, ironic frame of mind, the director developed this system of teaching by gradually replacing images from conventional teaching aids with shots extracted from fervid political and social events. This ten-minute film is a highly concise expression of Van der Keuken’s worldview. “Within a very small space I attempted as far as possible to separate the sequential nature of the images and their meanings. By using short takes I was able to get as far as Salvador Allende’s speech and scenes of Pinochet assuming power in Chile. Then we return again to the beginning, but the whole memorising process is now destroyed”.

About the film

Black & white, 16 mm

Section: Johan van der Keuken
   
Director: Johan van der Keuken
Screenplay: Johan van der Keuken
Dir. of Photography: Johan van der Keuken
Music: Pop Corn
Editor: Jac Verheul, Johan van der Keuken
Production: Lucid Eye Films
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