Willy Mullens

F.: Willy Mullens. Prod.: Alberts Frères  35mm. L.: 268 m. D.: 13’ a 18 f/s. Tinted and toned

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Though the Netherlands officially kept out of the First World War, the country did experience an involvement of its own – when a huge wave of refugees arrived in its safely neutral harbours. Yet even in such difficult times, life goes on – and in Holland in ijs the thrills and spills of daily life are presented in all their glory. The winter of 1917 was a brutally cold one but the people are enjoying themselves in the great outdoors, feeding the birds, skating, even sailing in special yacht-sleighs on the ice, and posing happily for the camera. Such footage is so precious, and, in this instance, so beautifully-shot and exquisitely-coloured, and it rarely makes it into the history books – which is why we believe it’s as important as anything else in our show. So please, relax, open your eyes wide, and enjoy this year’s most aesthetically-pleasing reel – before we get back to the tough stuff again.

Karl Wratschko


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