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Documentary about sixties icon Ramses Shaffy; the heydays and unglamorous decline of the former bohemian, who currently lives in a nursing home.
At the beginning of the documentary, 69-year-old Ramses Shaffy is seen, obviously inebriated, staggering across his room to the piano. This unglamorous introduction is followed by black-and-white archive footage from the sixties, showing him and Liesbeth List performing before an enthusiastic crowd. This sets the tone of Pieter Fleury's portrait of Shaffy, today and in the sixties. Back then, everybody was in love with the licentious bohemian, Joop Admiraal, Shaffy's long-time partner, explains. Fleury also interviews List, Shireen Strooker and Louis van Dijk, members of a libertine company of which Shaffy was the enchanting centre. In archive footage, some of their greatest hits file past. Lack of money was never a problem, Shaffy's alcohol abuse did become one. In the end, the guru of unfettered life had to be admitted to a rest home.


Production company
Selfmade Films
TV company
Distributor NL
A-Film Distribution

Title: Ramses
Year: 2002
Duration : 1 hour, 10 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2015

GeschiedenisMuziekKunst & Cultuur

Gouden Kalf winner

Beste Lange Documentaire (2002)
Pieter Fleury

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