The Jordaan is a typical working class neighborhood in Amsterdam. This is the place the 'Jantjes' are returning to from conscription service at the Royal Navy. Dries, Manus and Ton aren't sure what is waiting for them. They need to find work but that seems an impossible task. Ton, the lazy one, isn't in a relationship, but has a very caring mother. His father is less understanding though. Ton gets lost in drinking. Manus' girlfriend, Jans, has left him to date upper class people. Greet, Dries' girlfriend has been more faithful. She has been constantly harassed by the spoiled Leendert, the son of pub owner 'Aunt' Piet, but has rejected him every time. She wants only Dries. Piet however has only thing on her mind to help her son: break Greets and Dries' relationship. She starts with Dries' mother, who owes her a lot of money, and tells her Greet isn't 'honorable' anymore. It doesn't stop at that. Written by
Arnoud Tiele (email@example.com)
Yes, this sure is a little pre-war Dutch gem. I always liked the Astaire/Rogers musicals, and watched this Dutch musical with quite a bit of anticipation. Could it be anywhere near as good as the Astaire/Rogers classics? Well... yes! Taking into account the budget, which must have been 1/1000th of the budget on an American film, De Jantjes came out very well indeed. Good story line, nice camera work, OK acting (although it always surprises me how 'old' Dutch from the 30s sounds) and a couple of classic songs. I didn't even know some of the songs in the movie were from that era. Thought they were much younger. A Chance to see Heintje David play and sing shouldn't be missed either. You should go see this movie when you get the chance!
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