April 3, 2007 Subject:
A Dutch Pulp Plant in the 1950s
Filmcollectief is a Dutch organization that digitizes films. At least twelve of these films have been uploaded to the Internet Archive recentrly, most of them Dutch films but some German films too, ranging from the 1930s to the 1990s. You find brilliant puppet animation, educational films about industrial processes, films from the German Red Cross about first aid, and still more subjects. It's exciting to find more historical Europan films on this site, where you not only can watch low resolution versions, but download high quality versions as well.
Van Gelder & Zonen had five pulps plants in the 1950s and was the leading paper producer in Netherlands. We learn this at the end of this film, that otherwise is all about the industrial process - from pulp-wood to paper. A proud company, but we see no bosses, only workers with shy smiles. Compared to the American Jam Handy films this one lacks refinement, but few people will miss the heavy patriotism of the Cold War movies. This film tells, I guess, about peacetime in a country severely wounded by war, and about a sense that the future is for everybody.