Anthology Film Archives


April 4 – April 5

In 1927 the foundation of the Filmliga (the Dutch Film League) followed the publication of a manifesto by the collective’s leaders Menno ter Braak, L.J. Jordaan, and Henri Scholte. Their objective: to promote film as art by devoting particular attention to the editing, rhythm, and composition of films. With works ranging from Joris Ivens’s Soviet-inspired documentaries to J.C. Mol’s abstract aesthetics in science films such as UIT HET RIJK DER KRISTALLEN, the Filmliga played a pivotal role in creating an international artistic base for the vibrant generations to come. A focus on the groundwork in the two Filmliga programs – “Shapes” and “Structures” – should familiarize us with classic works while transcending their mission of engaging in and further developing the aesthetic discourse.

While the avant-garde of the 1920s is better known for its artistic innovations, the experimental scene that emerged in the Netherlands after World War II has not been documented or researched to the same extent. The second part of this series serves as a glimpse into a relatively unknown alternative film culture. In their funny, meditative, or at times provocative way, as well as in their use of the film medium, these films reflect the political, social, and artistic climate of the country.

The (albeit brief) existence of the Dutch Film Co-op and the flourishing alternative venues for film, music, and mixed media of the late 1960s and early ’70s helped create a fertile ground for filmmakers. The founding of the Electric Cinema by, among others, Matthijn Seip and Barbara Meter promoted a fruitful exchange of films and ideas with fellow artists from other countries. It is this rich and eclectic approach to filmmaking that the program “Movements” sets out to celebrate.

All four programs showcase preserved and restored prints from the rich collection of the Eye Filmmuseum. They provide a glimpse into the institution’s archival practices, demonstrating its dedication to the safeguarding of artists’ films. The programs will be introduced by Simona Monizza, restorer and curator of artists’ films at the Eye, and Marius Hrdy, former curator-in-residence at the Eye in 2018.

Co-presented by Dutch Culture USA; special thanks to Vera Kuipers.


< Back to Series