THE HUMAN DUTCH (1963)

The Netherlands (MIFF 1965 )
Director: Bert Haanstra

The Human Dutch depicts the life of a people in a country "with more clouds and water than dry land to stand upon" It reveals a nation at work and at play, unaware of the probing eye of Haanstra s hidden camera.

The film is not a documentary in Ihe ordinary sense; it is not merely a factual account of life in the Netherlands, but a kaleidoscope of ordinary people in everyday situations. At times panegyric, at times ironic, the film's essential humour often leads to sheer hilarity. The film follows us subjects relentlessly. but without any desire to shock, it sets out to catch the subtle warmth of Dutch life, and tell, in sound and picture, the real story of people of the Netherlands.

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