Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
As a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Queen Beatrix on the throne, the Dutch government commissioned this documentary. Nope, it's not about everyday men-in-the street. Neither is it a laudatory royal family soap opera. Instead, it shows the creative process of five notable Dutch artists. Each is shown manifesting his characteristic tics and quirks. The first is choreographer Hans van Manen, who makes faces at himself when he can't realize the moves he's imagining. The second is sculptor Carel Visser, who grunts at his work and holds conversations with his mongrel dog. The third is artist, composer, and conductor Reinbert de Leeuw; the fourth is the painter Armando, who whistles as he daubs. The final artist shown at work is the poet Ida Gerhardt.