(Het Witt Kasteel, Johan van der Keuken, Netherlands 1973, 78 min., 16mm, Dutch w/ subtitles)
Here and Elsewhere. In the second installment of Johan van der Keuken’s North-South trilogy, the rhythmic interplay of documentary sequences produces a sordid image of the First World. Segments depicting migrant laborers at work in the Netherlands, tourists off the coast of Spain, and disenfranchised youth outside Columbus, Ohio, intertwine to reveal both the effects of and the complex relationships within global capitalism. In contrast to many documentaries of its time, The White Castle is more poetic than political. Aesthetic elements associated with the Dziga Vertov Group or the earlier, Vertov-inspired style of cinema vérité are rejected for a formalism more akin to jazz than classical music.
Print courtesy of EYE Film Institute, The Netherlands.