Tag Archives: Dutch

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

Imdb:
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 »

Pim de la Parra – Bezeten – Het gat in de muur AKA Obsessions (1969)

This film is interesting in that it may be the rarest and most least well known film in the oeuvre Martin Scorsese, who co-wrote the script despite the film being a German-Dutch coproduction. In other Scorsese connections, the film features a score by Bernard Herrmann. As one might have already guessed by now, Besessen – Das Loch in der Wand AKA Bezeten – Het gat in de muur AKA Obsessions AKA Possessed is a Hitchcockian thriller that would certainly interest fans of Brian De Palma due to its more ‘exploitative’ approach to the Hitch brand of filmmaking. The film also features Dutch auteur Fons Rademakers in an acting role. Paul Verhoeven also contributed to the script, though he was not credited. Read More »

Heddy Honigmann – Crazy (2000)

Deeply moving account of dutch war veterans from recent conflicts (the Congo, Bosnia/Herzogovina etc.) who are struggling to come to terms with their post-war lives. The crutch many of them use is music, specifically a single song, which either kept them going while they were on active duty or is a rooting experience for them as they recall the horrors of their war experiences. Read More »

Unknown – 13 in de Oorlog – Vernietiging (2013)

Roos (13 years old, Amsterdam) was arrested with her parents and taken to Westerbork transit camp. Here they wait for transport to the extermination camps in Poland. Nobody wants to go to the unknown east, of which nobody has ever returned. Lisa Wade visits the large extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, where most of the Jews were murdered immediately upon arrival in the gas chambers. To her great astonishment, she finds another girl’s ring on the grounds. Read More »