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Brussels in 1900 with Toto

Frédéric Solvel. Comic Books

27 Oct 2016, 20:10 Last Updated: 02 Jun 2020, 09:06

Straight out of the Cinematek archives, this silent film by Pathé follows in the footsteps of Toto and his sister as they venture across the Brussels of 1909. Toto and his sister on a spree in Brussels, a film to watch, show, and share!

Brussels in 1900 with Toto
Brussels in 1900 with Toto

After a silly, cartoon-like beginning, we come upon the statue of Godefroid de Bouillon when it was still surrounded by rails. Next we see the Grand Place where the Maison du Roi is falsely presented as the Royal Palace. Then it’s off to town hall and the armada of horse-drawn carriages lined up along the sidewalk. 

You will also see a dressing of Manneken-Pis before climbing aboard a tram headed north towards the former North train station. They pass in front of the Bourse and go through the Place de Brouckère; the center sculpture you see is now in the Sainte-Catherine neighborhood. 

The film ends by a little detour in the suburbs and a last bit of mischief by Toto and his sister…

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