Dutch film history at your fingertips

Upcoming talent at the Netherlands Film Academy, early sixties: Frans Bromet, Samuel Meijerink, Rem Koolhaas

30 May 2017

Bert Haanstra, Fons Rademakers, Paul Verhoeven, Frans Weisz: directors who gave Dutch film a firm push in the right direction with titles such as Fanfare, Turks Fruit, Dorp aan de rivier and De inbreker. EYE’s collection website tells of their body of work - the site was recently expanded with a considerable number of Dutch feature films.

With the works of famous, infamous and forgotten directors, EYE frames Dutch film’s recent history (1940-1975). Earlier, the filmmuseum did the same with pre-war Dutch film and a collection of experimental films.

artistic freedom

Directors such as Bert Haanstra and Fons Rademakers lifted Dutch feature film to higher levels during the 1950s and ‘60s with films such as Alleman, Fanfare, Als twee druppels water and Dorp aan de rivier. In their footsteps followed a generation of young film-makers, headed by distinctive figures such as Pim de la Parra, Wim Verstappen, Frans Weisz,  Paul Verhoeven and Adriaan Ditvoorst. Some of them made box offices hits (Turks Fruit, Wat zien ik?), others strove for sexual liberation, broached poltical topics, or sought artistic freedom in line with the nouvelle vague (Blue Movie, Paranoia, Kind van de zon).

To accompany the film pages, many stills and rare set photos are published, along with detailed filmographical information. Some twenty articles offer insight into specific topics: Dutch film subsidies, the commotion among home-grown film critics as manifested in the clash between Filmforum (A. van Domburg) and Skoop’s rookies (Nikolai van der Heijden, Pim & Wim, Gied Jaspers), while other articles focus on specific filmmakers (Jos Stelling, Kees Brusse) and producers like Matthijs van Heijningen.

Because of copyright, a limited number of films can be viewed online in their entirety, among them Een koninkrijk voor een huis! (Jaap Speijer, 1949), Niet tevergeefs (E.T. Gréville, 1948) and De overval (1962) by Paul Rotha.