Terra nova

Summary

Social drama about the drainage of the Zuiderzee and its consequences for the local fishing industry.

The fishermen of the village of Volendam are up in arms against the closing of the Zuiderzee that is depriving them of their livelihoods. Headed by an old and staunchly religious fisherman, they sail for the Afsluitdijk ('enclosure dam') but are forced to turn back after running into some sandbanks. The old fisherman refuses to give up and sails again, this time in the company of his young wife whom he wants to punish for her adultery. The fisherman's helper sees what's going on and hides on the ship. When the old man is in the process of pushing his wife overboard as a sacrifice to God, he jumps out and saves her. The fisherman is later found dead in the cabin of the ship with a bible in his lap opened at the page which reads 'Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord'.

Information

original title
Terra nova
foreign release title
New Land
alternative title
Wieringen
production year
1932
censorship date
24-11-1932
release date
01-12-1932
country
Netherlands
geographical names
category
Fictional
keywords
aanvrager keuring
production company

Images

Cast

Actor

Crew

Technical notations

runtime
68
original length
1885
sound
Silent
colour
Black & White
format
35mm
acts
4

Resources

Centrale Commissie voor de Filmkeuring (Nationaal Archief; A1742)

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