“Ciske de Rat” belongs to dickensean model “little man’s hard life” and tells a deceptively simple story about a boy in modern Netherlands. Persecution, loneliness, adults’ hostility, fear, mixture of obstinacy and tenderness, and even an imprisonment. Excellent camera movement and delicate portraying of Ciske’s fragile soul put this film out of merely historical context and ensure the place in the Great Cinema History for it.
Director: Wolfgang Staudte.
Stars: Dick van der Velde, Kees Brusse, Jenny Van Maerlant, Riek Schagen, Lies Franken, Bernhard Droog , Rob de Vries, Cees Laseur, Paul Steenbergen, Jan Teulings, Guus Oster, Hans Tiemeyer, Joan Remmelts, Tjeerd de Vries, Heidi Schmidt.
19xx Venice Film Festival – Nominated for the Golden Lion.