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The Demise of Herman Durer (1979)

De verwording van Herman Dürer (original title)
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Ab Abspoel ...
Vader
Joop Admiraal ...
Reclasseringsambtenaar
Henny Alma ...
Moeder
Jim Berghout ...
Peter (as Jimmy Berghout)
Jody Buchman ...
Karl
Rob Fruithof
Marjan Geveling
Felix Jan Kuipers ...
Herman Dürer
Vivian Lampe ...
Wilma
Juliane Melchthal ...
Sabine
Onno Molenkamp ...
teacher
Miek Smit ...
Joyce
Ed van Gils ...
Jacques
Cor Witschge ...
Taxichauffeur
Hanns Zischler ...
Neuroloog Herwig Jungmann (as Hans Zischler)
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20 September 1979 (Netherlands)  »

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O desaparecimento de Herman Dürer  »

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Ballo In Fa Diesis Minore
Music by Angelo Branduardi
Lyrics by Angelo Branduardi and Luisa Zappa Branduardi
Performed by Angelo Branduardi
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Modern Werther
30 December 2006 | by (Tornio, Finland) – See all my reviews

De Verwording van Herman Dürer was the debut of director and writer Leon de Winter. The film was an expression of the dystopia and disillusion of the seventies after the hope of the sixties. De Winter was hailed as a new hero of Dutch cinema, but few of his films, although critically acclaimed, reached a wide audience.

A young Dutchman without direction, while in jail for a minor drug offence, reads the book Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts (1826, Life of a Good-For-Nothing) by Joseph von Eichendorff and is inspired by it to travel to Italy, the land of sun and happiness, after his release since nothing awaits him at home except dreary conformity.

On his way he strands in a German industrial town and upon seeing the plight of the Italian immigrants, his ideal of Italy is shattered. A dope addict convinces him that Little Italy in New York is the real promised land, so he travels back to Holland to find a ship. On his way he meets a girl, but she cannot extract him from the insanity that is enveloping him. The bottom is reached in a taxi in the harbour.


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