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FRANS ZWARTJES

Frans Zwartjes (1927) is filmmaker, musician, violinmaker, drawer, painter and sculptor. He has been heavily involved in film since 1968, both as a filmmaker and as a teacher at the ‘Vrije Academie’ in The Hague and at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.

Of the three ‘Dutch masters’, Zwartjes approaches the regular feature film the closest in his works. In his films, actors are adorned with make-up and costumes and are put in a setting to enact a staged event. Sexuality, psychosis, cruelty, power and powerlessness are ever recurring themes in his films. The images are abstracted in ruthless black and white. The general idea of reality is broken down by brilliant camera work and neurotic editing to replace it with a personal and often disturbing reality.

 

Spectator
(The Netherlands, 1970, 16mm, 11:00 min)

Pentimento
(The Netherlands, 1979, 16mm, 73:00 min)

 

 

 


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