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The Dutch Reformed Church and Film

Stichting Film en Wetenschap
Time period: 1945-1960
Number of interviews: 1 (1 person)
Accessibility: Restricted
Transcripts: None
Period of interviews: 1994

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Medium: 1 cassette tape

The interview discusses the relationship between the Dutch Reformed Church and film. Reverend Willem Overbosch was involved in the realization of the Report on the Cinema Issue, which was commissioned by the Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church in 1946 and which advocated a critical but positive attitude toward film.


Also discussed are film censorship and, more specifically, the activities of the Centrale Commissie voor de Filmkeuring and the Film Center Foundation. This organization was founded in 1947 (initially under the name Stichting Kerk en Film) in order to give shape to the conclusions of the aforementioned report by providing information about film in Protestant Christian circles. Finally, the Prof. Dr. G. van der Leeuw Foundation, meeting center of church and art, is discussed. Persons discussed are: L. Eker, Dr. A. Dronkers, P.J. van Mullem, Prof. Dr. G. van der Leeuw and D. van Staveren.