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Mirror of Holland

Netherlands, 1950 (MIFF 1953, In Poetic Style)

Director: Piet van Moock, Bert Haanstra

The Dutch landscape, houses, and people shown as reflections in water, with images inverted to give a flowing picture of city and countryside. Every object is distorted into a weird, often abstract, sometimes bizarre, and always graceful shape.

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