KNIGHTHOOD: Steven Spielberg Honoured With Belgium’s « Order of the Crown »


KNIGHTHOOD: Steven Spielberg Honoured With Belgium’s « Order of the Crown »
by Darius Kadivar

Director Steven Spielberg was honoured with Belgium's top honor, the « Commander of the Order of the Crown » , ahead of the world premiere of his 3D adaption of Tintin. (See Related News)

Photos of Tintin’s Royal Premiere with Steven Spielberg and Princess Astrid Here

Steven Spielberg honoured with top arts award in Belgium :

Belgian Vice Prime Minister Didier Reynders fumbled with Belgium's top prize, the Commander of the Order of the Crown, as he awarded it to director Steven Spielberg ahead of the world premiere of the 3D adaptation of Tintin. 

Full Ceremony:

Director Steven Spielberg receiving the insignia of Commander in the Order of the Crown (Belgium)






Princess Astrid Attends Royal Premiere of Tintin:

Belgium’s Royal Family:

The Royal Family of the Kingdom of Belgium, the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. The family came to Belgium with King Leopold I, chosen asthe first King of the Belgians upon the declaration of independence from the Netherlands. Since that time the Belgian royals have lived, worked and fought alongside their people for the prosperity, success, independence and unity of their country. Since independence Belgium has had six kings; Leopold I the great statesman, Leopold II the 'builder king', Albert I the 'soldier king', Leopold III the tragic figure, Baudouin the faithful man of duty and Albert II the unifier of today.






Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn – Official Trailer:

Born in Brussles: Spielberg 'brings Tintin home' Hollywood-style :

Steven Spielberg unveiled oneof the most eagerly-anticipated films of the year Saturday, his computer-animated adaptation of the adventures of Tintin, at a Hollywood-style premiere in the comic book hero's home city of Brussels.

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Steven Spielberg honoured with top arts award in Belgium (Daily Telegraph)

The distinction is the highest award a person can receive in their field and in Spielberg's case, it was for the arts.

At a ceremony for the director, Belgian Finance Minister and Vice Prime Minister Didier Reynders talked about the commitment and patience Spielberg had to his craft, putting him alongside some of Spielberg's own heroes including Alfred Hitchcock.

A small drama unfolded when Reynders dropped the award as he was giving itto Spielberg, who later clapped his hands and exclaimed "It's saved!" as the crowd laughed.

At a news conference for Spielberg's latest film The Adventures of Tintin:The Secret of the Unicorn, he was joined by French-Moroccan actor Gad Elmaleh who plays Ben Salaad, Spielberg, senior visual effects artist Joe Letteri – who won an Oscar for his work on Avatar, and British actor Jamie Bell, who plays the lead role.

"It's a great honour for us to bring Tintin home," Spielberg said who directed blockbusters including Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. and Jaws.
The Adventures of Tintin, first penned in 1929 by Brussels-born author Georges Remi, better known as Herge, are already hugely popular in most of Europe and Spielberg said he hoped his film would find fresh fans.

In The Adventures of Tintin – The Secret of the Unicorn, Spielberg aims to bridge the gap between Herge's comics and the big screen by employing a technique similar to that deployed in James Cameron's record-breaking Avatar.
The actors in the film had to adapt to acting in a studio wearing a special suit which registered his movements. The data was then transformed into a computer generated, three dimensional, image of his character.

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Court rejects 'racist' Tintin claim

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Court rejects 'racist' Tintin claim (bbc)


A Belgian court has rejected an application to ban a controversial Tintin book over claims it breaches racism laws.

It said it did not believe the 1946 edition of Tintin in the Congo was intended to incite racial hatred.

Congolese campaigner Bienvenu Mbutu Mondondo launched legal proceedings in 2007 to get the book banned, saying its portrayal of Africans was racist.

Mr Mbutu's lawyer said he planned to appeal the decision.

Written in the late 1920s, Tintin in the Congo was the second book Herge - real name Georges Remi - produced featuring his young reporter hero.

It was first serialised from 1930 to 31 and was then reissued in 1946.

The book tells of Tintin's escapades in the former Belgian colony and includes encounters with diamond smugglers, big game hunters and wild animals.

Tintin in the Congo has always attracted criticism, and Herge said later that he was not happy with the work.

The Belgian court said it was created at a time when colonial ideas were prevalent.