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Experimental film in the Netherlands

Experimental films are films whose primary objective is to investigate - for example light, editing or the expectations of the viewer. Although in general these films are only viewed by relatively small audiences, they have more than once been trailblazers for the mainstream. Eye has traditionally attached a great importance to this less visible but important part of the collection.

Still from Uit het rijk der kristallen (1927, J.C. Mol).
Still from Uit het rijk der kristallen (1927, J.C. Mol).

Experimental film: a selection

There is much to tell about the history of Dutch experimental film: for more information read the following articles What is experimental film, the avant-garde of the 20s and 30s, and the postwar avant-garde.
However, it does not require expert knowledge of the subject to watch these films. This page offers a selection of Dutch experimental films throughout the decades. Each title refers to the relevant record in our database of Dutch films, where you can find descriptions and filmographic data on more than 300 experimental films; you can also watch over 70 of these films online.

Still from Uit het rijk der kristallen (J.C. Mol)
Uit het rijk der kristallen (1927), J.C. Mol.
still from Hoogstraat (Andor von Bàrsy, 1929)
still from Hoogstraat (Andor von Bàrsy, 1929)
Hoogstraat (1929), Andor von Barsy.
Is er overeenkomst tusschen klank rhythme en kleurafwisseling? (1932), Willem Bon.
De Maasbruggen (1937), Paul Schuitema.
The Vipers (1955), Shinkichi Tajiri.
Ponskaart polonaise (1976), Matthijs Blonk.
White Line Fever (1978), Edward Luyken.
There is a Garden in my Head (1987), Jacques Verbeek & Karin Wiertz.
Ricercar (1984), Claudia Kölgen.
Nacht - Licht (1993), Bart Vergter.
De Kade (2003), Barbara Meter.