Tag Archives: Dutch

Felix van Groeningen – Dagen zonder lief AKA With Friends Like These (2007)

Everybody who went to college and had good friends there, or spent lots of careless time with wild and young companions, will be deeply affected by this film. Dagen Zonder Lief shows us in a glowing, slow burning way what we all know: nothing lasts forever, not even friendship. The wonderful characters in Dagen Zonder Lief were young together and had loads of fun, as the subtle flashbacks show us, but those days are over. One is married and has a little baby; another one left for New York; yet another one is about to enter the snobbish world of his snobbish girlfriend. There’s still a spark when they meet, but that’s it: just a spark. Not the burning fire of the old days. The suicide of one or their common friends and the inexplicable need to settle prevents them from truly reliving the old days. They hardly ever mention it, but you can see it in their every movement and expression. Read More »

Paul Verhoeven – Turks fruit aka Turkish Delight (1973)

Named the Best Dutch Film of the Century by the Netherlands Film Festival, Verhoeven’s hugely successful, Academy Award–nominated sophomore feature opens with a giallo-style jolt, develops into a kinky, blackly comic sexploitation romp, and finally blossoms into an alternately sweet and perverse romance. In the first of his many collaborations with Verhoeven, Rutger Hauer stars as a temperamental sculptor who hitches a ride with a free-spirited young woman (Monique van de Ven). In short order they hook up on the side of the road, get married, and settle into a life of round-the-clock lovemaking in his art-strewn studio—but, alas, nothing lasts forever. Read More »

Peter Holland – De vier dochters Bennet AKA Pride and prejudice (1961)

IMDB:
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to live nearby, the Bennets have high hopes. But pride, prejudice, and misunderstandings all combine to complicate their relationships and to make happiness difficult. Read More »

Bert Haanstra – Fanfare aka The Brass Band [+Extras] (1958)

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After a fight the brass band in a small village splits up into two separate bands. They both want to win a contest and will do anything to prevent the other band from winning it. Read More »

Paul Verhoeven – Soldaat van Oranje AKA Soldier of Orange (1977)

Plot:
1938. A small group of Dutch students stop their tennis game momentarily to hear of England’s entry into World War II. Erik and his friends don’t show much concern at first. But when Queen Wilhelmina flees Holland for London and the Germans move in, it becomes necessary to choose sides.

Soldier of Orange, directed by Paul Verhoeven (Turkish Delights) is based on the true life adventures of Erik Hazelhoff who received numerous decorations including Holland’s highest honor — the Militaire Willems-orde. It is interesting to see how Erik’s friends take different courses: a Jew inevitably dies once the German’s arrive; another associate joins the Nazi army; a third becomes active in the Dutch resistance movement; and a fourth betrays everyone in order to save his Jewish girlfriend. Read More »

Unknown – Een vergeten geschiedenis Part1 (2013)

Documentary about the Dutch Jewry during WW2 Read More »

Lambertus Janssens – De Buren van Kamp Westerbork (1995)

“Reportage van 37 minuten van KRO TV uit 1995. Hoe was het om in de schaduw van dit doorgangskamp te wonen? Hoe reageerden ze daar toen op en hoe kijken ze daar nu op terug? Waarom zijn er maar 210 Joden ontsnapt van de velen die als seizoenarbeiders op de omliggende boerderijen werkten?”

“A 37-minute documentary from KRO TV in 1995. What was it like to live in the shadow of this transit camp? How did they react to it then and how do they look back on it now? Why did only 210 of the many Jews who worked as seasonal workers on the surrounding farms escape?” Read More »