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Author Topic: Mariken van Nieumeghen (1974)  (Read 3030 times)

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Mariken van Nieumeghen (1974)
« on: September 07, 2015, 03:28:57 PM »
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071815/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_1

From Wikipedia: "Mariken van Nieumeghen is a 1974 Dutch drama film directed by Jos Stelling. It is based on the 16th-century text Mariken van Nieumeghen. It was entered into the 1975 Cannes Film Festival."

This appears to be one that not many have seen. It was released on DVD without English subtitles. There doesn't appear to be a subtitled release in circulation. Even the unsubbed DVD is super hard to find. There's an Amazon listing for it, but no copies available. I've read it's a very visual film for the most part that doesn't really need subtitles.

I've seen a few reviews and stills from it online and it looks and sounds pretty wicked fucked! I guess there's nudity, sex, medieval torture, rape, fucked up looking characters, gore, and other things to offend!

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Re: Mariken van Nieumeghen (1974)
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2015, 07:08:20 PM »







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Re: Mariken van Nieumeghen (1974)
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2015, 07:09:27 PM »
A montage of Jos Stelling's films;



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Re: Mariken van Nieumeghen (1974)
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2015, 07:44:45 PM »
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The film is an exuberant representation of the 16th miracle play about a young woman, Mariken, who consorts with the Devil.

Jos Stelling’s first feature film took five years in preparation and almost two more years to shoot, since it was filmed only on the weekends, with hundreds of amateurs who got together in the small town of Buren for this adventurous project. It got harder and harder to distinguish between the goings-on in the film and what happened among the enthusiastic actors who overindulged themselves in alcohol and erotic excesses, and who stayed in character all through the weekend both on and off the set. During the course of nearly one year Stelling put the raw footage together with his cameraman Ernest Bresser at the Foundation for Film & Science, and during a few weekends at the Toonder Studio’s. After finishing it, the film lasted more than three hours. Under the direction of the additional co-producer Rob du Mée and editor Jan Bosdriesz, it was reduced to 80 minutes. With lines by Mies Bouhuys they had even made some sort of a story that even Stelling himself said he didn’t understand.

The most debauched scenes were cut out of the final version. Critics and audience didn’t know exactly what to make of it. The reactions varied from ‘genius’ and anarchist’, to ‘unstructured garbage’. But the Cannes Film Festival recognized the potential of the curious new talent and invited Stelling to the competition with his Mariken, something no other Dutch film director had achieved so far. -www.stellingfilms.nl

From the Dutch Film Encyclopedia: "A sparkling film, a surprising look into the middle ages by means of the story of Mariken, whose beauty is used by the devilish comedian Moenen to put people up against each other. Stelling’s narration of these medieval occurrences is close to genius and his interpretation of morality well thought out. His actor directing also deserves admiration in this compelling debut, a unique movie in Dutch cinema."





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Re: Mariken van Nieumeghen (1974)
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2015, 12:33:18 AM »
I see your one screenshot has subtitles Wooden. Was that from a torrented version? Either way, I'm definitely interested in tracking this one down at some point.