Het wrak in de Noordzee

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Summary

Fisherman’s drama by actor-director Theo Frenkel.

Het wrak in de Noordzee (The North Sea Wreck) was the first film made by director Theo Frenkel's own company Amsterdam Film Cie. Before Frenkel returned to the Netherlands in 1914, he had worked in France for Pathé Frères, in Great Britain for the producers Hepworth and Urban, and in the German capital for the film pioneer Oskar Messter and Eiko-Film. Back in the Netherlands, he made the film Fatum for the Rembrandt Film Co. Run by cinema operator and director Johan Gildemeijer; after this he established his own film company. The North Sea Wreck is a fisherman’s a drama about the romance between the daughter of a Scheveningen captain and a young fisherman. Their love is threatened when another fisherman sinks the boat of his rival, and blackmails the girl’s father to give away her hand in marriage. Eventually the missing fisherman pops up again, and marries his beloved. His criminal rival is punished.

Today, Het wrak in de Noordzee is considered one of the masterpieces of the silent-film period. Theo Frenkel, who had also made a name for himself as an actor, and was a descendent of the famous Bouwmeester theatre family, knew very well how to portray the story, and the emotions. The level of his camerawork and mise-en-scène attested to his considerable international experience.

Information

original title
Het wrak in de Noordzee
foreign release title
Nanpasen
alternative title
Het wrak op de Noordzee
production year
1915
release date
05-11-1915
preview date
18-10-1915
country
Netherlands
geographical names
category
Fictional
keywords
original distributor
production company

Images

Crew

Technical notations

runtime
55
original length
1510
sound
Silent
colour
Tinting
format
35mm
acts
4

Resources

G. Donaldson, Of Joy and Sorrow. A Filmography of Dutch Silent Fiction, Amsterdam (1997), pp. 141-142

Algemeen Handelsblad, 1 november 1915

Algemeen Handelsblad, 6 november 1915

Tooneel en Bioscoop No. 7, 1915-1916, p. 30

De Bioscoop-Courant No. 3, 8 oktober 1915, p. 4

De Bioscoop-Courant No. 5, 22 oktober 1915, p. 6

De Bioscoop-Courant No. 8, 12 november 1915, p. 2,3,13

De Bioscoop-Courant No. 9, 19 november 1915, p. 14

De Bioscoop-Courant No. 10, 26 november 1915, p. 13

De Bioscoop-Courant No. 11, 3 december 1915, p. 11

De Bioscoop-Courant No. 39, 16 juni 1916, p. 11

De Kinematograaf, No. 144, 22 oktober 1915

De Kinematograaf, No. 146, 5 november 1915

De Kinematograaf, No. 147, 12 november 1915

De Kinematograaf, No. 148, 19 november 1915

De Kinematograaf No. 151, 10 december 1915

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