Several people led by Onno Bosman gather in an extravagant mansion in Crans-sur-Sierre in the summer of 1976. Their purpose: to find the most suitable clips from "De Fred Haché Show", "...
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Several people led by Onno Bosman gather in an extravagant mansion in Crans-sur-Sierre in the summer of 1976. Their purpose: to find the most suitable clips from "De Fred Haché Show", "Barend Is Weer Bezig", "Waar Heb Dat Nou Voor Nodig" & "Van Oekel's Discohoek" to be entered in a Zurich competition. Written by
The title is derived from the fact that all the main actors from De "Fred Haché Show", "Barend Is Weer Bezig" & "Van Oekels Discohoek" have gathered in Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland in the summer of '76. Their purpose: to review segments of all of the above, ostensibly to pick out the best ones and enter them in some kind of Montrieux like competition for Televized work (only this one is in Zurch). However, all is not as it seems. Although the actors are wearing casual clothes rather than their usual costumes, they are all referred to by pseudonyms. For instance, Harry Touw is neither himself nor Fred Haché, but 'Pierre', yet he does admit to having played Haché. Similarly, IJf Blokker now calls himself 'O'Brien' and Dolf Brouwers is 'De Bruin'. On the other hand, De Bruin is also called 'De Braak' by chairman Emile van Konijnenburg as Bosman (apparently the same producer character he played in 'De Ondergang van de Onan'). Meanwhile, Gerard Schiering is no longer playing his familiar viccar Bongers character, but has reverted back to publisher Braakmolen (from the "Barend Is Weer Bezig") and Cor Brak is once more playing Gerrit Dekzeil.
Also of note is the late arrival of Jaap Bar, best known for playing Ir. Evert van der Pik, who's voice is dubbed by Wim T. Schippers in this production. Either this has something to do with the fact that he is passing himself off as a Shakespearan actor, or maybe there was just something wrong with his mike and he was unable to dub himself at a later date. As the group proceed to watch clips from the self professed groundbreaking VPRO programs that made them (or at least their alter ego's) household names, we notice the presence of several nurses keeping an eye on them. Indeed, before the end of it, it turns out they are all inmates in some kind of fancy mental hospital, as each one of them starts behaving more and more erratically.
Of course all of this is merely framework for the repeat showing of some choice Television originally broadcast between 1971 and 1975, shown at a time when repeats like this were scarce and video recordings were practically unheard of. I dare say the viewer gets a better look at the material than the actors. Although they start off watching the clips on an enormous blue screen , the end up staring at a laughably small (by today's standards) Television screen, futuristic-ally hidden inside a wall behind Bosman. Most of the running time concerns four of the five Fred Haché Shows, as all the important characters and catchphrases originated therein. Only selected clips from one episode of Barend Is Weer Bezig and Van Oekel's Discohoek are broadcast, as well as a clip from the controversial Christmas special 'Waar Heb Dat Nou Voor Nodig'.
It's a shame they never got to use this impressive set again (obviously as the show was mainly filled with old material, they could afford to spend some money on the surroundings). Uneven and messy though it may be, that was to be expected from this Last Hurrah featuring Haché, Servet and co, though Van Oekel would go on to appear in various different productions, as well as a comic strip. The only credit at the end proudly states: 'This seemingly majestic broadcast was made possible by the unending work of 249 NOS employees' (only it naturally says so in Dutch).
8 out of 10
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