In the sixties, the founders of the magazine De Nieuwe Stijl were radiant stars in the Dutch literary heavens: Cornelis Bastiaan Vaandrager, Armando, Hans Sleutelaar and Hans Verhagen. They came from the trendy world of advertising, treating writing like 'readymades'. Throughout his life, Vaandrager remained true to his ideals: you have to try everything. He became a poet, actor, father, writer, vagabond and junky, eventually ending up literally in the gutter.

Rob Keers and Bob Visser made a fascinating portrait about the legendary figure of Vaandrager. They followed him for the last few months of his life on his adventurous and devastating journeys. The film portrays a celebrity who succumbs to his own ideals. Vaandrager's life is a modern fairy tale: the literary Bohemian in the big city dies lonely in a hospital. Rotterdam plays an important role in the film, a city that had a great impact on the life and work of Vaandrager.

Part of RTM, the Rotterdam selection

Filmmaker
Bob Visser
Country
Netherlands
Year
1995
Medium
Betacam Digi
Length
81’
Language
Dutch
Producer
Edith Zuiderent
Production Company
Neon Media
Sales
Neon Media
Writer
Rob Keers, Bob Visser
Cinematography
Rob Keers
Editor
Wim Louwrier