Bijna nooit... Judith Herzberg

Saskia van Schaik Short documentary - 2007 - 53 min.

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Hardly ever you see a bird in the sky change its mind, swerve, back. This poem by Judith Herzberg perfectly fits this portrait of the important poet, playwright and dramatist. In her voice-over, director Saskia van Schaik's explains that the two know each other well: Herzberg used to baby-sit Van Schaik. Gradually, they appear to have envisaged different movies: Herzberg would rather see the spotlight on the sources of inspiration for her work, while Van Schaik wants to portray the person behind it. But for this, the latter is too conscious of the illusionary danger in certain shots. Frankly she explains that she is annoyed being filmed while putting some tomatoes on a platter. She did so because the refrigerator was full, whereas people may now assume she did it for show. Zooming in on her personal items - paintings, photographs, books - is also forbidden. Suppose the camera shows books she was about to throw away soon? The spectator would get a distorted idea of her. Eventually, the tussle between subject and director does bring out Herzberg a little.

Credits

Director(s) Saskia van Schaik
Producer(s) Ilse van Huisstede
Director of Photography Marcel Prins
Editing
Sound on Set
TV Company
Production Country
Netherlands