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25 September 2004 (Netherlands)  »

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Looking at the remains of history
21 July 2005 | by (Leiden, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

In the nineteenth century, painters came to Holland to paint its apparently magical landscape. This documentary tries to find the remnants of these landscapes, and to look at them through the eyes of these artists.

There are loads of wonderful pictures. The views from the water are very nice, and make you look at familiar (to me) places very differently. Also, the discussion of colour, fed by Monet's tulip fields, is enchanting. I had never thought of the Dutch landscape as colourful.

However, sometimes the tale is weaker. Collectors of paintings may have nice pictures to show, but nothing to add, and from the experts I expected more background.

But let's be honest, this documentary is an attempt to show the romance in the Dutch landscape. It is not meant to have any deeper meaning, and maybe that's why the best parts are the observations of foreigners. The only way to really see the land, is by looking it with new eyes, and that may be the real message of these 'Dreams of Holland'.


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