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The most important films:

Hands 1960, 5 min.
Film material: 16 mm black & white
In this experimental film, van der Elsken poetically portrays how hands are a central theme in human life, from birth to death.

Karel Appel, componist korte versie, 1961, 4 min.
Film material: 16 mm black & white
A portrait of a painter whilst he is composing Musique Barbare, film music for the documentary Jan Vrijman made about him in Castle Groeneveld in Baarn.

Dylaby 1962, 10 min.
Film material: 16 mm black & white
A tour through the exhibition Dylaby that was held in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in 1962. The artists, including Niki de Saint Phalle and Rauschenberg and Tinguely have built a labyrinth in which the spectator finds his own way.

Welkom in het leven, lieve kleine 1963, 36 min.
Film material: 16 mm black & white
Family life with his wife Gerda and their daughter Tinelou, in anticipation of the birth of Daan Dorus, alternated with pictures of the old-fashioned working-class district in Amsterdam, the Nieuwmarkt. The film ends with an account of the birth.

Het Waterlooplein verdwijnt 1967, 12 min.
Film material: 16 mm black & white
Report of the last market day on the old Waterlooplein in Amsterdam. Traders and visitors are interviewed and van der Elsken provides the commentary to the events.

De verliefde camera 1971, 43 min.
Film material: 16 mm colour and black & white
From 1965, van der Elsken travelled the world as a report photographer for the illustrated press. The photographic activities of van der Elsken are the central theme in the self-portrait The infatuated camera. The film was awarded the Staatsprijs voor de Filmkunst in 1971.

Death in the Port Jackson Hotel 1972, 36 min.
Film material: 16 mm colour
A filmed portrait of the Australian artist Vali Myers, who lives in a valley near Positano, Italy. She lives there with dozens of animals and with Gianni, her younger boyfriend. Twenty years earlier, she was the main character in van der Elskenās photo novel Love on the left bank.

Avonturen op het land 1980, 1 uur 19 min.
Film material: Super 8 colour
Adventures in the countryside is an ode to nature, the starting point in this film is the polder around van der Elskenās farm on the IJsselmeerdijk near Edam. Like in the book of the same name, he not only pays attention to the swallows and the leeches inthe ditch, but also to the starry skies and the cattle market held in the neighbourhood.

Een fotograaf filmt Amsterdam korte versie, 1982, 10 min.
Film material: 16 mm colour
Van der Elsken walked and took photos of Amsterdam for an entire Summer in the same manner as he used to shoot his photos, strolling through city centres and making contact with people that fascinated him. It became a portrait of the city and its inhabitants.

Bye 1990, 1 uur 48 min.
Film material: video, u-matic and betacam, and 16 mm film, colour and black & white
When Ed van der Elsken hears he has terminal prostate cancer, he only knows of one way to endure the coming agony: counterbalance his approaching death by making it tangible and using it as the objective of his work. The film Bye is a self-portrait, i.e. that the sick main character and the filmmaker are one and the same. The film ends a few months before his death.

All of the films can be watched as desired in the original versions or with English subtitles. The films with the numbers 4, 9 and 10 are also available with French, German and Spanish ? subtitles.