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One of the first Dutch political feature films is a reconstruction of a Dutch political scandal in the sixties. With Gerard Thoolen as the addicted politician Ben Mertens.
One of Holland's first political docudramas is a reconstruction of a political scandal in the sixties. Gerard Thoolen plays the role of Ben Mertens - a.k.a. Ben Corsten -, a PR officer of the Catholic Party, who assumed so much power within the party that he was called the spin doctor. Abused by politicians and businessmen alike, the press agent loses his job and gets addicted to drugs. In 1969, he is admitted to a clinic where eventually he dies from an overdose.

Title: De mannetjesmaker
Year: 1983
Duration : 1 hour, 50 minutes
Category: Feature film
Edition: NFF 1984

Gouden Kalf winner

Beste Acteur (1984)
Gerard Thoolen

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