Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

MAX HAVELAAR

Year: 1976
Country: The Netherlands
Run Time: 127 minutes

MAX HAVELAAR

This dramatic rendition of a 19th century Dutch classic exposes the crimes and tyranny of colonialism. Max Havelaar (Peter Faber) is a bold but naive civic administrator sent to the impoverished province of Lebak on the island of Java, where the Dutch, in league with corrupt village chiefs, are exploiting the starving peasants for the glory and profit of the East Indian colonial empire. Havelaar is continually turned back in his efforts to reform a corrupt system, but the protest voiced in this semi-autobiographical story is clearly heard. The widescreen cinematography by Jan de Bont is breathtaking.



"MAX HAVELAAR is a long, stunning, handsome epic - a saga of crushed hopes, ironically played out against a setting of tantilizing beauty." - David Ansen, Newsweek



"Immediate, intense and visually stunning. . ." -Jack Curtis, Filmex

Screenplay
Gerard Soeteman (from a novel by Multatuli)

Producer
Fons Rademakers and Hiswara Darmaputera

Cinematography
Jan de Bont

Editing
Pieter Bergema

Principal Cast
Peter Faber, Sacha Bulthuis, Rutger Hauer

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