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Wij dansen door het leven

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A councillor in a small provincial town does not want his family to know that he is a variety artist and therefore pretends that he is a travelling salesman in order to explain his continual absence fA councillor in a small provincial town does not want his family to know that he is a variety artist and therefore pretends that he is a travelling salesman in order to explain his continual absence from home. In the second part of the prologue, his wife and daughter are sitting in a theatre and suddenly see their husband and father appearing on the screen. They make such a hubbub that they are turned out of the auditorium. In the second act, taking place in a film studio, the public is given an idea of how films are made. They see an apache scene and some dance duets. The councillor/variety artist, in order to delude his wife and daughter, is obliged to appear in a number of disguises, even as a handcuff expert like Houdini, until he finally has to make a frank confession about his stage activities. And that signifies the end of his career as a variety artist.

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production year
1913
country
Netherlands
category
Fictional
original title
  • Wij dansen door het leven
alternative title
  • Een kijkje in de variété-wereld
production company
release date
16 May 1913
modified date
20 October 2011
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sources

G. Donaldson, Of Joy and Sorrow. A Filmography of Dutch Silent Fiction, Amsterdam (1997), p. 105