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One Could Laugh in Former Days (1983)
"Vroeger kon je lachen" (original title)

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Ten of the ironic newspaper-columns by the Dutch writer Simon Carmiggelt were turned into a film in honor of his 70st birthday.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carolien van den Berg
Kees Brusse ...
Man op bankje
Martine Bijl ...
Simon Carmiggelt ...
Himself / Narrator
Jacques Commandeur ...
Man van uitvaartdienst
Mary Dresselhuys ...
Vrouw op station
Rijk de Gooyer ...
Kees van Kooten ...
De Vieze Man
John Kraaykamp ...
Luidruchtige visser (as Johnny Kraaykamp)
Robert Long ...
Himself - singer
Sacco van der Made ...
Crematie bezoeker
Paul Meyer ...
(segment: 'Een Paar') (archive footage)
Riek Schagen ...
Marie (segment: 'Een Paar') (archive footage)
Wim Sonneveld ...
Himself (archive footage)
Paul Steenbergen ...
Man in café


Ten of the ironic newspaper-columns by the Dutch writer Simon Carmiggelt were turned into a film in honor of his 70st birthday.

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28 April 1983 (Netherlands)  »

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One Could Laugh in Former Days  »

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Lyrics by Simon Carmiggelt
Performed by Robert Long
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Great actors-movie: warm and subtle.
4 September 2001 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Simon Carmiggelt was/is best know as a writer of daily columns. He wrote beautiful "paintings" of everyday people. These columns were selected, put together and made into a beautiful and warm movie, in which we can see some of the best dutch actors at work. The sets are just the locations of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. No expensive special effects or computer animations; just great actors and they do a great, great job! Compared to an average 'Billion Dollar Hollywood Production' this movie can compare with it! It's also the best example for the saying: "The Lesser, The Better..."

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