La Brabanconne was the first talking picture filmed in its entirety in Belgium. The story concentrates on the courage of the Belgian army during WWI. After an overabundance of conspicuous acts of bravery and reams of flag-waving dialogue, the troops swear eternal allegiance to their king -- and in a double-exposure shot, their ancestors are shown making the same promise to their king. American critics felt that the film looked like a European western, complete with the stock characters and cliched situations. Because the Belgian film industry was not yet wired for sound, post-production of La Brabanconne was completed in France.
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