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Het verloren paradijs (1978)

The Mayor of a small Flemish town is determined at all costs to save a unique bird sanctuary from a ruthless businessman who advocates a housing development on the site. The main story, ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Kümel

Writers:

Harry Kümel (screenplay), Kees Sengers (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugo Van Den Berghe Hugo Van Den Berghe ... Benjamin Rolus (as Hugo van den Berghe)
Willeke van Ammelrooy ... Pascale
Bert André Bert André ... Jan Boel
Gella Allaert Gella Allaert ... Adeline
Nora Barten Nora Barten
Stephen Windross Stephen Windross ... Peterke
Anton Cogen Anton Cogen ... Tuur
Willy de Swaef Willy de Swaef
Hans De Waegeneer Hans De Waegeneer
Blanka Heirman Blanka Heirman ... Marie-Louise
Jos Kennis Jos Kennis ... Landmeter
Gerda Lindekens Gerda Lindekens
Frank Marneffe Frank Marneffe
Bob Stijnen Bob Stijnen
Serge-Henri Valcke ... De Cat (as Serge Hendri Valcke)
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The Mayor of a small Flemish town is determined at all costs to save a unique bird sanctuary from a ruthless businessman who advocates a housing development on the site. The main story, though, centers on a childhood trauma that unites the two men and a dark femme fatale whom one desires and the other attempts to manipulate- she is Mayor's cousin. Written by lament

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Country:

Belgium

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

31 August 1978 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Le paradis perdu See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pierre Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Uneven mix
24 June 2005 | by xotserSee all my reviews

Very strange movie by Harry Kumel, by far Belgiums most talented director. One wonders what the hell went through Kumels mind when he decided to mix several great, incredible, Visconti-like scenes (e.g. Van Ammelrooy and Van den Berghe by the fireplace, or the scene with Van Ammelrooy in the lake) with awful, overacted and - worst of all - unfunny comedy. In interviews Kumel called this film a satire on the bus-load of (mostly) awful rural films Flemish directors made through the years ('boerenfilms'): though this film IS clearly a satire on these bad movies, the satire part is the most uninteresting part of 'Het Verloren Paradijs' - unless you consider VERY bad film-making as good satire on bad film-making. The dialogs and acting are - just like the film itself - extremely uneven: Willeke Van Ammelrooy is delivering some really great acting here, Hugo Van den Berghe is impeccable and the little boy is OK, but Fred Van Kuyk, Bert André and most of the bit parts are really god-awful. Good camera-work by Ken Hodges.


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