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Obsessions (1969)

Bezeten - Het gat in de muur (original title)
A painting falls off the wall in a rented room. The tenant, Nils, a doctorate student in medicine, looks through the little hole in the wall to what happens in his neighbors room. What he sees makes him forget his textbooks quickly.

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Pim de la Parra
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandra Stewart ... Marina
Dieter Geissler Dieter Geissler ... Nils Janssen
Tom van Beek Tom van Beek ... Joseph Edward Petrucci
Donald Jones Donald Jones ... Otto Fabian
Elisabeth Versluys Elisabeth Versluys ... Ingrid
Marijke Boonstra Marijke Boonstra ... Stella Olsen
Vibeke Løkkeberg ... 2nd Girl (as Vibeke)
Michael Krebs Michael Krebs ... Baldie
Hasmig Terveen Hasmig Terveen ... Masseuse
Fons Rademakers ... Raoul Orlov
Victoria Naelin Victoria Naelin ... Nils' Mother (as Viktoria Naelin)
Adrian Brine Adrian Brine ... Chemist
Sara Heyblom Sara Heyblom ... Old Lady (as Sarah Heyblom)
Ingeborg Uyt den Boogaard Ingeborg Uyt den Boogaard ... Raoul's Wife (as Ingeborg Uijt den Bogaard)
Margareta Orrje Margareta Orrje ... Assistant to Chemist
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A painting falls off the wall in a rented room. The tenant, Nils, a doctorate student in medicine, looks through the little hole in the wall to what happens in his neighbors room. What he sees makes him forget his textbooks quickly. It's not just the sex that generates his curiosity; Soon he witnesses events that point towards a crime. As he becomes more and more entangled in the web of mystery, his fiancé, Marina, a young journalist, receives an assignment to report a murder case.

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The first German-Dutch co-production since the Second World War (1939-1945) in which Germany occupied the Netherlands. See more »

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Amsterdamned
9 November 2016 | by radiobirdmaSee all my reviews

In 1968, young German actor/ producer Dieter Geissler had a job for a certain Martin Scorsese who had recently filmed his debut Who's That Knocking at My Door in Amsterdam. And so 25-year-old Marty sat down and refined a Dutch Peeping Tom script with his very genius. „Very good!", he encouraged with a blue pen, or reprimanded: „Whole masseuse-chase sequence is much too detailed." While he penned those priceless suggestions, Hitchcock buff Francois Truffaut recommended composer Bernard Herrmann to director Pim de la Parra, and BH – hold on to your hat – actually had a few sheets left on his escritoire he had forgotten there in 1932. Apart from the opening sequence, next to nothing works in this ill-conceived Rear Window homage despite (not all too much) sex, drugs and, erm, Bernie's ghastly dated soundtrack. At least the masseuse-chase scene was trimmed – it makes no f*ckin' sense anyway –, and Marty returned to the Netherlands six years later to ask his old friend Pim whether he knew someone who could do the soundtrack for his latest project Taxi Driver. Oddly enough, a few weeks later Bernard Herrmann churned out a quite cool and modernist jazz score for that one. While Marty recalled with a smile that those Dutch fellows had paid him 500 American bucks for his expertise back then. With a smile, yes, but more of a knowing grin: There's plenty of ways to spend half a grand in Amsterdam.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1969 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Besessen - Das Loch in der Wand See more »

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Budget:

NLG700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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