Dromen van Holland

Peter Delpeut Short documentary - 2004 - 50 min.

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In the nineteenth century, Holland was overrun by foreign artists. They visited a country that to them looked very exotic. They captured it in paintings that found ready buyers abroad. In the book Dromen van Holland. Buitenlandse kunstenaars schilderen Holland 1800-1914 by Hans Kraan, this phenomenon is exhaustively documented. Kraan's book in hand, Delpeut makes a journey across his native country, along routes and stations that used to be popular among 19th century foreign artists: Dordrecht, Rotterdam, Katwijk, the bulb-growing area, Amsterdam, Zaandam. At the places and courses concerned, he tries to retrace the atmospheres and vistas as they were once painted. The present-day inhabitants - farmers, bulb growers, occupants of age-old houses - also still follow their imagination when watching the Dutch landscape. In the process, the film gradually becomes a portrait of the 'typical' Dutch landscape and the many dreams that can be projected on it.

Credits

Director(s) Peter Delpeut
Producer(s) Pieter van Huijstee
Production Company
Executive Producer
Director of Photography
Editing
Menno Boerema
Mixage
Sound on Set
TV Company
Production Country
Netherlands