From 1942 to 1944, Henri Storck composed his Symphonie paysanne, in which he describes the day to day life and rituals of the farmers on the rhythm of the seasons. The film is a poem to nature, a lyrical masterpiece on life and death, on animals and plants, on man and his labor.
Did You Know?
The scarity of film stock forced the director to divide his project into five distinct parts spread out over three years of shooting (the four seasons with an "interlude" showing a country wedding). The five parts were:
- De lente/Le printemps/Spring (31 minutes)
- De zomer/L'été/Summer (23 minutes)
- Boerenbruiloft/Noce paysannes/Peasant wedding (19 minutes)
- De herfst/L'automne/Autumn (20 minutes)
- De winter/L'hiver/Winter (22 minutes).