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Merijntje Gijzens jeugd

Catalog no.:MOV05127
    Kijkwijzer advice 9 year or older
    Anxiety effects
    Foul language
  • Drama
  • Dutch television series
  • Book adaptation
Total playing time:962 min.

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Product:3 DVD videos
Order info:
  • Video/Film Express 500538
DVD Region:
  • Region 2 (Europe, The Netherlands)
TV standard:
  • PAL
  • Color
Spoken language:
  • Dutch
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The eleven-part series was broadcast with great success by the VARA in 1974. That year's top 10 ratings included six football matches and four episodes of Merijntje Gijzens Youth. The most watched episode achieved a viewing share of 70 percent and an rating of 80. The series made by director Kees van Iersel is based on the eight-part cycle of novels that the extremely productive author A.M. de Jong in the twenties and thirties of the last century wrote about the ups and downs of a devout little boy from Brabant. The fact that Van Iersel accepted the assignment for the series aroused much surprise as he was known as an avant-garde stage and television maker. But the director wanted to be loyal to the VARA that had continued to support him when his experimental pieces were now not particularly well received by the general public. Van Iersel - Brabander himself - saw much more in the work than a situation sketch of life around 1900: 'It is a very fascinating and damn well written story about people who live very elementary lives.' Writer / critic Guus Luijters once wrote in Het Parool: 'I love Kees and Ciske and also Kruimeltje and Dik, but of the boys in our literature, Merijntje is my favorite. As A.M. de Jong after that panoramic crane shot is zoomed in on him, still gives me shivers of emotion. Look at him, eight years old and all alone in the shade of trees on the dyke, further from home than he has ever been. ' To find a suitable protagonist, Van Iersel looked at 272 screen tests; in the end the choice fell on ten-year-old Jan Ligthart. His parents initially refused to cooperate, but a number of conversations with the director and a psychologist reassured them. In addition to Ligthart, a selection of Dutch actors played in the series, including Piet Römer, André van den Heuvel, Kitty Janssen, Marlies van Alcmaer, Fien Berghegge, Josee Ruiter, Johan Sirag, Henk Molenberg, Elsje de Wijn, Piet Hendriks, Sacco van der Made, John Leddy and Nel Snel. In addition, nearly two hundred extras trotted out to contribute to the revitalization of the adventures of the little boy from Nieuw Vossemeer in Brabant.

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