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Compilatiefilm Jos Stelling, Nederlands Film Festival 'Gast van het Jaar 2005'.
Montage Rimko Haanstra.
Met dank aan het NFF.

The Flying Dutchman (1995)

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The Flying Dutchman is an epic tale in three chapters about the search of a serf for his alleged father: the Flying Dutchman. The original and fairy tale like story is an ode to fantasy and imagination and is set in the times of the Dutch Revolt (16th and 17th century) in Flanders and the Netherlands, in which iconoclasts, the Spanish inquisition and Dutch rebels all play a part.



Gerard Rutten had already made a Dutch film with the title ‘De Vliegende Hollander’, as an ode to the Dutch aviation pioneer Anthony Fokker. Jos Stelling had a wider starting point and focused on the folk story of the man who, on account of his wiked life, is doomed to sail the oceans on a phantom ship without ever reaching a port. Richard Wagner based his famous opera on it, and variations have been made on it in many countries. Stelling, who called in the help of script writer Hans Heesen for the screenplay, placed the events during the Eighty Year’s War and gave it the theme: an ode to the imagination.

The medieval surroundings allowed room for Mariken van Nieumeghen-like scenes round leading actor René Groothof as ‘The Dutchman’, who wants to build a ship to conquer the horizons. However, the presence of the Italian actor Nino Manfredi as the minstrel was almost as prominent. For the music, Stelling hired the famous Italian composer Nicola Piovani. It became a typically colourful Stelling parade of the most diverse, strange personalities and unusual scenes, that, despite the spectacular developments, once again could not satisfy many of the critics. The length was reduced to 135 minutes, but actually the film could have used more space, which became apparent when the londer version was shown as a mini series on television. Once again, Stelling was invited to the competition in Venice, but this time he did not receive an award. Moreover, he had tho watch how the screening and accompanying publicity partly became a Nino Manfredi show. As before with Freek de Jonge, it turned out that he could not control a big star for which he had a great admiration. In the prestigious A Century of European Cinematography, The Flying Dutchman is the only Dutch film mentioned.


The Dutchman                                     René Groothof
Lotte                                                      Veerle Dobbelaere
The Minstrel                                         Nino Manfredi
Butkijn                                                   René van ’t Hof
Son of Netelneck                                Gene Bervoets
Director Rasphuis                              Gerard Thoolen
Netelneck                                              Willy vanderSteen
Wife of Netelneck                                Ingrid de Vos
Young Dutchman                                 Michiel Groothof
Prisoners                                              Josse de Pauw, Bert André, Senne Rouffaer, Jan Steen



Director                                                Jos Stelling
Script                                                    Hans Heesen, Jos Stelling
Director of Photography                   Goert Giltay
Production Designer                         Gert Brinkers
Executive Producer                           Anton Kramer
Editor                                                    August Verschueren
Music Score                                         Nicola Piovani


Nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, 1995

Silver Frog Camerimage (Poland), 1996

Mentioned one of the best 100 films of the 20th century in the renowned book: Making Pictures: A Century of European Cinematography, created by IMAGO, the Federation of European Cinematographers.

Nomination Best Film, International Fantasy Film Festival Fantasporto, 1995


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