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Max Havelaar of de koffieveilingen der Nederlandsche Handelsmaatschappij

Fons Rademakers / NL, ID, 1976 / 169 min.

Multatuli's famous political indictment of the colonial regime in what was then the Dutch East Indies adapted into a tense, powerful epic drama. Peter Faber shines as the headstrong protagonist who protests against the way wealthy Dutch coffee traders and local governors exploit and oppress the populace.

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As a local government officer for the poor, turbulent Lebak region on West Java, writer Eduard Douwes Dekker (pseudonym: Multatuli) came into conflict with the Dutch governors. This led to his dismissal. Fons Rademakers filmed his famous novel Max Havelaar (1859), an indictment of the exploitation of ‘the native Javanese’.

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Director

Fons Rademakers

Production year

1976

Country

NL, ID

Original title

Max Havelaar of de koffieveilingen der Nederlandsche Handelsmaatschappij

Length

169 min.

Language

Dutch, Malay

Subtitles

ENG

Format

35mm

Part of

Revolusi!

Revolusi! at the Rijksmuseum and Revolusi! at Eye: both institutions will introduce you to the Indonesian war of decolonisation. The film museum will screen a programme of Indonesian ‘battle films’ of which some have never been seen in the Netherlands before.

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