In the footsteps of the Polygoon classic from 1922, filmmaker Den Hollander and landscape expert Sijmons make a boat trip on the Dutch section of the Rhine, noticing the shifting function of public space.
De Rijn van Lobith tot aan Zee, made in 1922 by Filmfabriek Polygoon, is considered the first proof of the famous Dutch documentary school. In our day, the beautifully captured boat trip on the Rhine is also an interesting historical document. Eighty-five years later, architect/filmmaker Jord den Hollander and State Advisor on Landscape Dirk Sijmons repeat the trip. Their film account has been laced with scenes and intertitles from the original educational film. A lot has changed in the Netherlands; that much is certain. 'Enjoyment has permanently outstripped by-the-sweat-of-your-face', Sijmons finds. As a result of the lasting peace and huge increase in prosperity since 1945, the production landscape has become a consumer landscape. Holiday-makers have taken the place of hard workers. The 'horsification', as Sijmons calls the growth in the number of riders, is only one symptom. The advancing urbanisation also strikes the eye. It makes you wonder what things will look like in 2092.

Credits

Set geluid
Production company
Jord den Hollander Film
Architectuur Film Festival Rotterdam
Distributor NL
Jord den Hollander Film
Architectuur Film Festival Rotterdam

Title: De Rijn van Lobith tot aan zee 2007
Year: 2008
Duration : 50 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2008

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