Beautiful Holland

mooi holland.jpg

Description

Promotional film from 1915 commissioned by the Dutch Tourism Office, showing the beauty of Dutch landscapes and traditional occupations of its inhabitants.
https://www.eyefilm.nl/collectie/filmgeschiedenis/film/mooi-holland

Context

This promotional documentary aimed at strengthening Dutch national pride. It featured a very traditional image of the Netherlands as a country living close to nature and with a community attached to traditional lifestyles. The film showed an unchanging world, completely unaffected by the war that raged so close to its borders. The film can be seen as a very clear political statement about the value of maintaining neutrality and preserving a 'unique' Dutch way of life in a rapidly changing world. Beautiful Holland was the first film that the Dutch authorities commissioned from Willy Mullens, by then already firmly established as a documentary filmmaker. His other films showed different aspects of Dutch life, such as economical and social, as well as its natural habitat. His most famous film, Holland neutraal made him a national filmmaker. His films, with more or less overtly propagandist content, became an important part of Dutch self-fashioning in the war years.