Bert Haanstra (Netherlands)

Bert Haanstra was born in 1916 the town of Holten and became a professional filmmaker in 1947. He won international acclaim with his short documentary Spiegel van Holland/ Mirror of Holland for which he received the Grand Prix du court métrage at the Cannes-festival of 1951. During the fifties he made six films for Shell, among others The Rival World (1955) on insects spreading deadly diseases and how to fight them. In 1958 his documentary Glass, a filmic improvisation made in a glassfactory, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. He directed several fiction films. Fanfare, a comedy situated in a small Dutch village, is still the Netherlands' second most popular film ever (measured at the box office), only surpassed by Paul Verhoevens Turkish Delight. Abroad however, Fanfare was hardly noticed. In several shorts and in long documentaries like Alleman/ The Human Dutch and Stem van het water/ The Voice of the Water Haansta reflected on The Netherlands and its inhabitants. All these films made him one of the most popular filmmakers in the history of Dutch cinema. The documentary Alleman was seen in the cinema by 20 percent of the total Dutch population. In the seventies and eighties Haanstra addressed a new subject. He made several films about animals. In the long documentary Bij de beesten af/ Ape and Super-Ape (1973), for which he collaborated with Frans de Waal and Jane Goodall, among others, he compared the behavior of animals and human beings. In total Haanstra received close to a hundred awards. He died in 1997 in the town of Hilversum.

Filmography

  • De muiderkring Herleeft / The Muider Group Revived
    1948
  • Spiegel van Holland / Mirror of Holland
    1950
  • Boer Pietersen schoot in de roos
    1950
  • Nederlandse Beeldhouwkunst tijdens de late Middeleeuwen / Medieval Dutch Sculpture
    1951
  • Panta Rhei
    1951
  • Dijkbouw / The Dike Builders
    1952
  • Ontstaan en Vergaan
    1954
  • Het olieveld
    1954
  • De opsporing van Aardolie
    1954
  • De verkenningsboring
    1954
  • Strijd zonder einde / The Rival World
    1955
  • En de zee was niet meer
    1955
  • God Shiva
    1955
  • Rembrandt, schilder van de mens
    1957
  • Over glas gesproken
    1958
  • Glas / Glass
    1958
  • Fanfare
    1958
  • De zaak M.P. / The M.P. Case
    1960
  • Delta Phase I
    1962
  • Zoo
    1962
  • Lewis Mumford on the City, Part 2: The City - Cars or People?
    1963
  • Alleman / The Human Dutch
    1963
  • De stem van het water / The Voice of the Water
    1966
  • Retour Madrid / Return Ticket to Madrid
    1967
  • Bridges in Holland
    1968
  • Bij de beesten af / Ape and Super-Ape
    1972
  • Dokter Pulder zaait papavers / Doctor Pulder Sows Poppies
    1975
  • Nationale Parken... Noodzaak
    1978
  • Een pak slaag / Mr. Slotter's Jubilee
    1979
  • Nederland / The Netherlands
    1983
  • Vroeger kon je lachen / One Could Laugh in Former Days
    1983
  • Chimps onder elkaa / The Family of Chimps
    1984
  • Een monument voor een gorilla
    1987
  • Kinderen van Ghana
    1988

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