Prod.: Kinematograaf Pathé Frères 35mm. L.: 74 m. D.: 4’ a 18 f/s. Bn

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

The striking quality of Kanalen en Windmolens is simply its beauty. This short documentary atmospherically presents typical Dutch phenomena – windmills, sailboats, canals, and the Dutch skies. By using a low camera angle and lots of backlighting, the windmills and sailboats take on a timeless character. But the camera work is not the only extraordinary thing: during post-production in the film laboratory, multiple exposures were used to create multi-perspective tableaus. In these short sequences you will find a feeling for aesthetic values in combination with technical craftmanship which is unquestionably sublime. Just watch and wonder what was possible for dedicated filmmakers a hundred years ago.

Karl Wratschko

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