Title   Cast   Director   Year Shown  Other Info    Country  Notes 

Netherlands, 1965, 35 min

Shown in 1999


Johan van der Keuken
Johan van der Keuken


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Johan van der Keuken was the 1999 recipient of the Persistence of Vision Award. Beppie was shown as part of a program entitled Johan van der Keuken: Early Shorts.

“Film is not life,” observed van der Keuken recently, “but it has to touch your life. It’s a second life.” These four early poetic films reveal the origins of the complex, layered style of his later documentaries. The lyrical, subjective camerawork, detailed observations of everyday life and sensitivity to inner reality make these portraits among the most lovely of short films. While time, movement and framing are the subjects of all van der Keuken’s work (he is as much devoted to the abstract as the figurative), these fragmented glimpses of other lives send us beyond the frame, to the life that continues outside the film.

Beppie, an expressive ten-year-old girl who lived on the same canal as the filmmaker, gives us a tour of her world.

—Kathy Geritz