Boefje

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Summary

Social drama about a street urchin made good.

'Boefje', published in 1903, is M.J. Brusse's most popular book. It tells the story of Jan Grovers, a street urchin from Rotterdam with a heart of gold who ends up in a reform school in the southern province of Brabant. Rumours about a screen version of the book had been doing the rounds for years but it wasn't until 1935 that it actually happened.

The role of Boefje went to 45 year old (!) actress Annie van Ees who had played the part on stage to great acclaim for many years. Detlef Sierck directed the film and left before the film's premiere to go to the States where he became the renowned director Douglas Sirk.

Information

original title
Boefje
production year
1939
censorship date
02-10-1939
release date
04-10-1939
country
Netherlands
geographical names
category
Fictional
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original distributor
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Technical notations

runtime
108 min /Archival print: 78
language
Dutch
original length
2941
censorship length
2941
sound
Sound
colour
Black & White
format
35mm
acts
10

Resources

K. Dittrich, Achter het doek: Duitse immigranten in de Nederlandse speelfilm in de jaren dertig, Houten (1987), pp. 145-146

Centrale Commissie voor de Filmkeuring (Nationaal Archief; G1801)
 

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