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Kunst Moet Zwemmen

Voor het kunstprogramma Kunst Moet Zwemmen van de VPRO, destijds elke zondagmiddag rechtstreeks vanuit het voormalige badhuis in Amsterdam Oost, deed ik de beeldresearch.

SFW: biografisch onderzoek cineasten

Voor de Stichting Film en Wetenschap (een van de voorlopers van Beeld en Geluid) heb ik biografisch onderzoek gedaan naar vooroorlogse Nederlandse cineasten.

NAA: inventarisatie Dick Verkijk

Voor het Nederlands Audiovisueel Archief (de oorspronkelijke naam van Beeld en Geluid) heb ik de filmcollectie van Dick Verkijk geïnventariseerd. Verkijk, die voor VARA en VPRO veel reportages…

OpScherp

Toen ik eind vorige eeuw als vrijwilliger bij filmtheater Rialto werkte was ik ook redacteur en schrijver van de interne publicatie OpScherp. Ik had onder meer een vaste…

The Bridges of Amsterdam Forest

Always fun when two passions collide. In this case cinema and the Amsterdamse School (Amsterdam School). One of the main figures of this design/architectural movement was Piet Kramer,…

Glass from the past

That cool, futuristic-looking  whiskey glass Deckard drinks from in 1982’s Blade Runner? A Cibi double old fashion whisky glass, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio. In 1972.

The Fury Road

Assault on Fight Club

When seeing Fight Club for the first time (of many!), I noticed a similarity between a piece of score from this film and one in John Carpenter’s urban…

Mogwai vs Portishead

I loved the first season of French series Les Revenants. That undoubtedly had a lot to do with the gorgeous and very fitting soundtrack by Mogwai. The intro…

Jeff Goldblum’s expectations

18 years later, Jeff Goldblum still wasn’t expecting metal ships…

Pacino’s freeze frame

Here’s an odd shot from The Godfather: Part III. Michael Corleone sits by the open casket of his murdered friend Don Tommasino. When we get to the wide…

De Naakte Pistool

The Queen of Comedy

Sandra Bernhard in crazy mode in The King of Comedy. One word: loopable.

The Road to Westhoff, Texas

Towards the end of The Road, John Hillcoat’s faithful (and therefore powerful) adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece of the same name, the man pulls out some decrepit pages…

Slochteren aan de Lijn

  See these opening credits for Slochteren aan de Lijn, a commissioned documentary from 1964 about laying gas pipes in the Netherlands, produced by famous Dutch film maker…

The dolly zoom focus pull

Tried hard, but can’t think of a similar shot in another film: a dolly zoom AND focus pull on a different subject. Quite subtle and effective.

Paul Verhoeven’s poke in the eye

Here’s the horrible “death in car by pole through eye” from the end of Paul Verhoeven’s De Vierde Man / The Fourth Man (1983).

Between futuristic and post-apocalyptic: Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers & Expo 67

As a kid, two of my favourite television series were Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers. Lots of scenes from those series have stuck with me, like the one…

Quote:

“I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.”

Michael Cimino’s aircraft carriers

Before he made his directorial debut with Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, became famous with The Deer Hunter and infamous with Heaven’s Gate, Michael Cimino co-wrote two films: Silent Running…