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 1992

Gouden Kalf winner

Beste Acteur (1984)
Gerard Thoolen

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