The Gala Premiere of "Titanic" in Holland

February 1998

  • The Gala Premiere of "Titanic" in Holland took place on the same evening as the Golden Globe Awards in the States so, needless to say, those involved directly with the production were not in attendance at the Amsterdam black-tie affair. Many notables from the Dutch scene, however, were present. Some of the exciting remarks made after the screening were: Pleuni Touw (Dutch actress): "I'm completely upside down from it." Connie Palmer (Dutch writer)" "To see a ship sinking like that. It's wonderful from beginning to end." Adriaan van Dis (Dutch writer and intellectual): "It's fabulous "kitsch," but I love "kitsch." Sylvia van Mellekamp (Dutch actress): "I laughed once, near the end, when almost everybody had drowned and then a gentleman from the 1st class said, 'I don't need a lifejacket. If I die, I'll do it as a gentleman.' And I thought to myself, now, would somebody really say something like that? It made me laugh."

  • The original version of Walter Ruttman's 52 minute black & white silent film "Berlin, die Sinfonie einer Großtadt" will be shown in beautiful surroundings of the art-deco Tuschinski Theater on the morning of February 15th. No, you're not imagining things, this film was really made in 1927. Time has little to do with the images in your mind.

  • And speaking of seeing things, Knud Vesterskov's experimental LSD-trip clip "By The Dawn's Early Light", a road movie about the life of the writer, junkie, hustler, and artist David Wojnarowicz, will be showing at the Balie cinema on February 6th and 7th. An artist from the streets of New York, Wojnarowicz's career began in the post-punk band "3 Teens Kill 4 - No Motive' and ended when he died of aids. Talk about raw and rough.

  • The Dutch Film Museum is presenting a series of 21 films from the Egyptian cinema under the title of "Egypt, My Love" beginning on February 12th and running until March 4th. Works from such noted directors as Henri Barakat, Salah Abou Seif and Youssef Chahine will be shown. One of the features included is Chadi Abdelsalam's "The Mummy" (not a horror film, this one deals with how a local Bedouin grave robber loses his source of income when the mummies of Deir al-Bahari are discovered in 1881).

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