Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The Human Dutch was the third feature-length effort from the remarkably prolific Dutch documentary filmmaker Bert Haanstra. In probing into the manners and mores of his own countrymen, Haanstra conveys their peculiarities in an affectionate and immediately accessible manner. The one lasting image from the film -- and the one that has been most often reproduced in film histories -- is the shot of an anonymous couple, a young woman and slightly older man, sharing a kiss as a crowd of strangers looks on approvingly. This film, and Haanstra's subsequent documentary feature Ape and Super Ape, were nominated for Academy Awards. Originally titled Alleman, it is available in English- and German-narrated versions, both scripted by Haanstra.
architecture, etiquette, Holland, landscaping, lifestyle, mores