The Show Must Go On

Hans Heijnen Long documentary - 2002 - 78 min.

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`Welcome to the Sun City West Variety Show!' This salutation at the beginning of the documentary kicks off a tinsel evening of drama, singing and dancing, but also epitomises Hans Heijnen's film. The filmmaker captures life in Sun City West, an El Dorado particularly for creative pensioners. Everyone with a little talent can join one of the more than one hundred and forty clubs - ranging from tap dance clubs to German choirs whose songs resound in the Heidelberg Inn. Self-explanatory images of an everlasting show are alternated with beautifully composed shots of the sleepy day-to-day life and with interviews about marital problems, family tragedies, fear of dying and loneliness, but also about grown-up men childishly nagging each other.

Credits

Director(s) Hans Heijnen
Script Hans Heijnen
Producer(s) Frank van den Engel
Production Company
Director of Photography
Editing
Mixage
Wim Post
Sound on Set
TV Company
Production Country
Netherlands