- The new, exciting, electric, and eclectic soundtracks for silent
film classics created by Art Zoyd, contemporary music group
and masters of psychological tone thrills, will be performed live
in Amsterdam this month. Their scores for Murnau's
"Nosferatu" and Christensen's "Haxan" will be performed
on-stage at the Muziektheater in accompaniment to the
screenings which, respectively, take place on April 11th and
12th at 8:30 P.M. For the uninitiated, let me warn you, this is a
MUST SEE AND HEAR. Yeah, Zoyd!
- Oscar® news may sail the seven seas to tell the Titanic didn't
sink this year, but also didn't manage to break (merely
equalling) the "Ben Hur" record of 12 Academy Awards® for a
film. The Dutch have won the Best Foreign Language Oscar®
for Mike van Diem's directorial debut "Character" (Karakter),
which award will undoubtedly have an effect on the audience
numbers for the American release of the film which takes
place in the same week as the ceremonies.
The Weekend of Terror .
(c) copyright: MVSP/Reel X Film projects.
Design: Vincent van Goethem.'
The Weekend of Terror will be celebrating its 14th year at
midnight on the 3rd and 4th of April at the Tuschinski Theater
in Amsterdam. Included, for all you ghoulish freaks, this time
around will be SPAWN, DARKLANDS, DARK CITY, BLACK
MASK, WARRIORS OF VIRTUE, DEEP RISING, PROPHECY
II, PHANTOMS, FULL TILT BOOGIE and, of course, the
annual "surprise" film. The crowd has gotten a little out of
hand since the first two or three years at the (recently
demolished) Alhambra Theater and increased security
measures will be implemented, including a thorough
inspection at the door for anything which could be of potential
danger to the monumental art deco premises. (Was it really
necessary, guys, to throw all those toilet rolls and paper
towels down from the balcony?) Further information about the
upcoming event is available on website
- As the Q's dearly beloved Amsterdam awaits the May 20th
premiere of the new Mr. T jewel of Ms. Jackie, there will be a
series of Pam Grier-blaxploitation-nights taking place in
chosen locations throughout the lowlands on the 24th & 25th
of April as well as on the 1st & 2nd of May; screening a couple
of Miss Grier's films from the 70's to pacify all of you admirers
who can't wait to lick your chops at the newest striking
performance of the shady lady with the spitfire brain and cool
- Fred Friendly, a giant of the television journalism industry
and a man whose ethics were incredibly respected, has left
this earth a sorrier place for his absence. In a time when
admirable standards and sturdy ideals have been supplanted
by greed and sensation seeking, a man like this is badly
needed. Most who knew him would have to admit that,
although he may have riled them sometimes, his objectives
were never questionable.
- The Edison Awards will be announced April 23rd on the
Dutch television network RTL4. Among those nominated in
the category for Best Dutch Female Singer is Matilde Santing
for her recording of "Matilde, Matilde." All will be revealed
those watching their sets.
- What came first, the music or the film? This question will be
pondered between members of the Dutch Film and Television
Academy as well as the ASKO ensemble at the Paradiso on
April 7th as well as on the 8th at the Tilburg Concert Hall (in
Tilburg, Holland, of course). Reservations and info at AUB
tel. # 020-6211211.
- The Balie Cinema will be showing that adorable film "Marquis"
from the creative mind and talented hand of the dear departed
Roland Topor, who left us all approximately one year ago. It is
a charming piece (depending on your tastes and sensibilities)
in which a puppet Marquis de Sade philosophizes in the
Bastille with his oversized penis. (What else can one do so
alone and isolated?)
- "Movie Day" (oftewel Bioscoopdag) has become an annual event in Holland.
Many of the theatres offer entrance on this day for 5 guilders. You can't beat
that price unless you have a time machine. (I suspect that cinemas showing
"Titanic" will be overflowing, so anyone intending to go see it (again?) had
better be an early bird on the day if they want to get a ticket.
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