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To speak or not to speak (1970)



When the man in the street has to give his opinion about the political situation, there is not much to note in his speech bubbles. Vagueness and lack of personality are trump cards. Only a marginal figure dares to give an opinion that is distinguished by personality.


“The novelty of 'To speak or not to speak' was not so much to be found in the drawings as in the use of speech bubbles. The typography of the texts provided the necessary clues about the personality of the various characters. ”





1971: Public Prize: International Kurzfilmtage - Oberhausen (Germany).

1971: Prize of the German youth film library: Internationale Kurzfilmtage - Oberhausen (Germany).

1971: ASIFA Prize (Association Internationale du Film d 'Animation) - Oberhausen (Germany).

1971: Special mention: International Animation Festival - Annecy (France).

1971: Honorary Prize: National Film Festival - Knokke.



Technical sheet


  • Format: 35mm

  • Colour

  • Frame: 1 x 1.33

  • Sound: Optical-Mono

  • Length: 11 '

  • Original version: English

  • Directed by: Raoul Servais

  • Script: Raoul Servais

  • Animation: Willy Verschelde

  • Music: Lucien Goethals

  • Producer: Absolon Films / Anagram, realized with the support of the Flemish Community

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