Biography

Frans Zwartjes (*Alkmaar, 1927) is a film maker, musician, violin maker, artist and sculptor. In the late 1960’s he became well known with films showing grotesquely dressed up actors involved in little power-mad sexual games. Hysterics and cruelty are his regular topics. Susan Sontag called Zwartjes ‘the most important contemporary experimental film maker’. Zwartjes made over fifty films. ‘Pentimento’ (1979), ‘Living’ (1971) and ‘Ín Extremo’ (1981) seem to be his best known films. Director Ruud Monster’s documentary ‘The Great Wizard’ portrays Zwartjes as a self-conscious artist who comments on the world in a farcical way. The film was partly shot at Zwartjes’s home, while he was composing.

Frans Zwartjes (*Alkmaar, 1927) is a film maker, musician, violin maker, artist and sculptor. In the late 1960’s he became well known with films showing grotesquely dressed up actors involved in little power-mad sexual games. Hysterics and cruelty are his regular topics. Susan Sontag called Zwartjes ‘the most important contemporary experimental film maker’. Zwartjes made over fifty films. ‘Pentimento’ (1979), ‘Living’ (1971) and ‘Ín Extremo’ (1981) seem to be his best known films. Director Ruud Monster’s documentary ‘The Great Wizard’ portrays Zwartjes as a self-conscious artist who comments on the world in a farcical way. The film was partly shot at Zwartjes’s home, while he was composing.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 24

Birthday 1927-05-13

Day of Death 2017-18-11

Place of Birth Alkmaar, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

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Also Known As

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

2015 film fragments Director
1984 Rudi van Dantzig repeteert Director
1982 Medea Director
1981 In Extremo Director
1979 Pentimento Director
1974 Bedsitters Director
1973 Audition Director
1972 Moving Stills Director
1971 Living Director
1970 Seats Two Director
1970 How Did You Know I Was in Trouble Director
1970 Through the Garden and Into the Living Director
1970 Toilet Director
1970 They Are Five Director
1970 Behind Your Walls Director
1970 Spectator Director
1969 Visual Training Director
1969 Anamnesis Director
1969 Spare Bed-Room Director
1968 Sorbet '3' Director
1968 Sorbet II Director
1968 A Fan Director
1968 Birds, One Director

Sound

1979 Pentimento Sound
1974 Bedsitters Sound Designer
1972 Moving Stills Music
1971 Living Sound
1970 How Did You Know I Was in Trouble Music
1970 Through the Garden and Into the Living Music

Crew

1971 Living Cinematography
1970 They Are Five Cinematography
1968 Sorbet II Cinematography

Acting

2006 De grote tovenaar
1971 Living

Writing

2006 De grote tovenaar Writer
1979 Pentimento Writer

Camera

1982 Medea Director of Photography

Production

1974 Bedsitters Producer

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