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Kees stip and the Netherlands Government Information Service films

Stichting Film en Wetenschap
Time period: 1950-1960
Number of interviews: 1 (1 person)
Accessibility: for research purposes
Transcripts: none
Period of interviews: 4 August 1987

Type interview: scientific

The collection has not yet been digitized and therefore cannot be viewed directly at Sound & Vision. Digitization can, however, be requested from Sound & Vision via:


In DAAN, the digital archive of Beeld & Geluid the following item can be found: Wij leven vrij 01-01-1952, a pictorial essay from 1952 aimed at warning the population for dictatorships, made by Kees Stip.

Medium: 2 cassette tapes

The interview features writer, poet, screenwriter and filmmaker Kees Stip (1913-2001) discussing his part in the production of a number of Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst films in the 1950s. The emphasis here is on the film Wij leven vrij!, which he made for Polygoon-Profilti in 1952 on behalf of the Government Information Service. This was a propaganda film designed to highlight the necessity of Dutch efforts on behalf of NATO and also to try to convince the public of the inevitable choices that therefore had to be made in domestic spending.


The interviewers Ankie van Eekelen and Bernadette Meertens incorporated the interview in their doctoral thesis on the film: Wij leven vrij! 1950-1952, Utrecht (doctoral thesis, Contemporary History, University of Utrecht), 1988. The interview also appears in their article ‘Wij leven vrij! Analyse van een propagandafilm’, in: Jaarboek Mediageschiedenis 2, Amsterdam: Stichting Mediageschiedenis, 1990, pp. 91-112.

Both film and thesis can be consulted through SFW.


Also see the VPRO documentaries about Kees Stip: part 1 and part 2.