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De Witte van Sichem
(1980)

AKA: Whitey

Country: Belgium

Genre: Comedy, Drama

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Synopsis

De Witte, or 'Whitey' (Eric Clerckx), a Flemish peasant boy at the beginning of the twentieth century, has a boyish liveliness and disobedience that is constantly getting him into trouble with the adults. Furthermore, his imaginative life is nurtured by his reading of Hendrik Conscience's historical novel, "The Lion of Flanders". But, unsympathetic to these traits in their son, his parents, now that he is about to leave school, expect him only to begin a life of drudgery.

Notes

  • Adapted from the 1920 novel "De Witte", by Ernest Claes - translated into English as "Whitey" by the Oxford University Press in 1970
  • This was the second movie adaptation of Claes' novel. The first was released in 1934 as De Witte (1934).

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Cast

  • Eric Clerckx
    (De Witte)
  • Blanka Heirman
  • Willy Vandermeulen
  • Paul S'Jongers
  • Paul-Emile Van Royen
  • Fons Exelmans [ALUMNUS]
    (Second teacher)

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Taking certain liberties with the source material, director Robbe De Hert still created a great film and a brilliant realisation of Ernest Claes' character of De Witte - and Eric Clerckx is a complete natural in the role, really bringing the character to life. Watch out for the (intentional) anachronisms, such as the karate kick and the sound of a passing jet plane during the battle recreation sequence, designed to suggest that the story could just as well be contemporary.

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This is definitely a film worth watching, if you can! Eric is wonderful, and portrays his character beautifully!

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