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Country: 
Netherlands
Production Year: 
1973
Length: 
11 min. 30 sec.
Format: 
1:1.33
Frames per Second: 
24
Colour: 
Full Colour
Sound: 
Mono
Language: 
Dutch
Genre: 
documentary
Source Material DCP: 
16mm

Bert Schierbeek/The Door

Portrait of the poet Bert Schierbeek (1918- 1996). In his living room, Schierbeek recites poems from his compilation De Deur. The poems were written after the death of his wife and are an expression of the power of language to turn an absence into a presence. Schierbeek talks about death and solitude, but also about creativity, such as placing a dead element in a new context where it can regain functionality and come to life. While it’s true that Bert Schierbeek is the subject of the film, it is also emphatically a film by Johan van der Keuken in which he examines and gives shape to his opinions on art and the effect of individual images.

director, producer, cinematography: Johan van der Keuken
editor: Fred van Dijk, Johan van der Keuken
sound: Chris Brouwer

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