Over Metropole Palace

Piet van der Ham over de fontein en Aad Van Tol.

Uit:”The Rise and Fall of Metropole”

Maker: Robin Lutz

Website: https://robinlutz.nl/nl/

Over Metropole Palace

Do De Bruin en Piet van der Ham vertellen over Metropole Palace en Aad van Tol.

Uit:”The Rise and Fall of Metropole”

Maker: Robin Lutz

Website: https://robinlutz.nl/nl/

Klokslag 12

Director: Léo Joannon | Production Country: The Netherlands | Year: 1936 | Production Company: France-Europe Films | Film from the collection of EYE (Amsterdam) – https://www.eyefilm.nl

Jean Verdier, a well to do businessman, thinks he has left his criminal past behind him. Ten years earlier, as member of a gang, he set fire to ships in an insurance scam. On one occasion, Verdier messed up and two people were killed. On his wedding day, hours before the statute of limitations for his crime expires and he can no longer be prosecuted, members of the gang abduct him and blackmail him into handing over the company shares. At the risk of being arrested for his crime, he manages to inform the police about his whereabouts. Fortunately for him, the gang master’s daughter is still in love with him and manages to stall the police for another crucial twelve hours.

Komedie om geld

Director: Max Ophüls | Production Country: Netherlands | Year: 1936 | Production Company: Will Tuschinski-Cinetone Productie Mij (Amsterdam) | Film from the collection of EYE (Amsterdam) – https://www.eyefilm.nl

Tragicomedy about a collecting clerk who is falsely accused of stealing the money entrusted to him.

In order to lend some pre-crisis cheer to its fifteenth anniversary, the owners of the Tuschinsky theatre decided to treat the public to a comedy. Max Ophüls, who had left Germany for the Netherlands after making such stylish films as Die verkaufte Braut (1932) and Liebelei (1933), was contracted to direct Een comedie om geld. Ophüls turns the story – about a collecting clerk who falls on his feet – into a gripping narrative accompanied by slightly moralistic, Brechtian voice-over. The film was praised for its foreign allure, brilliant photography and first-class acting. The critics singled out nineteen year-old Rini Otte and old hand Herman Bouber for their splendid performances. Oddly enough, audiences did not take to the film and it was to remain Ophüls’ only Dutch effort.


Director: Ludwig Berger | Production Country: The Netherlands | Year: 1937 | Production Company: Filmex | Film from the collection of EYE (Amsterdam) – https://www.eyefilm.nl

Dutch film version of G.B. Shaw’s celebrated play about a language professor’s attempts at turning a flowergirl into a lady.

Linguist Henry Higgins has bet his friend colonel Pickering that his elocution exercises will eradicate the vulgar Amsterdam accent of flowergirl Elisa Doeluttel and turn her into a lady with impeccable enunciation. Higgins wins and not only does he turn Elisa into a lady, he marries her as well.

Pygmalion was the first film produced by the illustrious trio Ludwig Berger (Director:), Rudy Meyer (producer) and Lily Bouwmeester (actress). The film revitalised the Dutch film industry, not in the least because of the talented Berger who, having worked in Berlin, London and as far afield as Hollywood, had built a reputation as a theatre director (Shakespeare) and director of such audience favourites as Ein Walzertraum (1925) and The thief of Baghdad (1940).

Lily Bouwmeester’s performance as Elisa was also well received. It turned her into a celebrated actress overnight and she would go on to play many other successful roles, in films like Vadertje Langbeen, Morgen gaat ‘t beter! by Friedrich Zelniks and Ludwig Berger’s Ergens in Nederland. A third film with Berger came to nothing because of the outbreak of the war.


Director: Carl Lamac | Production Country: The Netherlands | Year: 1939 | Production Company: Filmex , Cinetone | Film from the collection of EYE (Amsterdam) – https://www.eyefilm.nl

A group of travellers – a magician and his assistant, a pair of newly weds, a doctor, an alcoholic lady and an inspector who plays the buffoon – find themselves in a haunted railway station. The inspector, helped by some of his fellow passengers, finds out the ghost is really a gang of smugglers.

De spooktrein is based on the English play The ghost train which had enjoyed a continuous run in the theatres from its first showing in 1918. The play’s author, Arthur Ridley, is better known as private Godfrey from the popular television series Dad’s Army.

Het leven is niet zoo kwaad

Director: Haro van Peski | Production Country: The Netherlands | Year: 1935 | Production Company: Majestic Filmmaatschappij | Film from the collection of EYE (Amsterdam) – https://www.eyefilm.nl

In Het leven is zoo kwaad niet, popular music hall artist Lou Bandy plays the role of Helm, a shaving cream touting market trader who sells his wares very successfully by having a laugh with the customers and singing catchy songs. Helm is spotted by Anita Mara of the Odeon Revue who thinks he was born to be a music hall star. He eagerly sign the contract she offers him, becomes a big hit and leaves his girlfriend Annie for Anita. It all goes pear shaped, however, and Helm goes back to his old job and his old girlfriend, wiser but still with a song on his lips.

Cast: Lou Bandy, Aaf Bouber – ten Hoope, Lau Ezerman, Ad van Hees, Cees Laseur, Fien de la Mar, Dolly Mollinger, Anton Burgdorffer, Mien Duymaer van Twist, Margot van Hoppen, Rini van Nie, Johnny Riscoe, Adriënne Solser