Beethovenstraat 1967

Beethoven Street 1967
A Documentary by Bahram Sadeghi & Dikla Zeidler
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About the project
LOCKLINEBahram Sadeghi is searching for three women who were photographed in 1967 by Ed van der Elsken on the Beethoven Street in Amsterdam.

Beethoven Street 1967                                 

In the middle of the Summer of Love of 1967, Ed van der Elsken, the famous Dutch photographer, captured masterfully the spirit of hope and love with his iconic and world-famous picture ‘Beethoven Street 1967’, named after the street in Amsterdam where the picture was made. Dutch greatest photographer saw on a sunny day three young women crossing the Beethovenstraat, near the junction with the Jan van Eyckstraat. He didn’t hesitate one moment and took the picture that defined, literally and figuratively, Amsterdam in the sixties for the next decaeds. Who are these women? Three girlfriends? Colleagues? Has life brought them what that beautiful, sunny day and that magical time full of hope had promised to bring? And do they actually know what their impact was and still is on our idea of the sixties?

                

© Ed van der Elsken / Nederlands Fotomuseum, Courtesy Annet Gelink Gallery

Filmmaker and writer Bahram Sadeghi (Waskracht!, Levy & Sadeghi, DWDD and Why Are You So Poor?) starts a search for those three women and the spirit of the ‘60s. By announcements in the national and local newspapers and on radio and TV, engaging social media but also with some old-fashion manners like going door to door in the wide area of the south of Amsterdam, Sadeghi will ensure that a large group of people will get to know of his quest. Meanwhile by interviewing sociologists and historians Sadeghi will put the great story of a legendary era in perspective.

              

© Ed van der Elsken / Nederlands Fotomuseum, Courtesy Annet Gelink Gallery

Sadeghi, who previously searched for the origin of the painting ‘The Crying Gypsy Boy', has no idea where this quest will take him but one thing he knows for sure: “If the starting point (the picture) is appealing and the protagonists (three women + historians and sociologists) are interesting, there is only one result: an exciting quest. But to be able to put a complete search, you need money. I understand that 28,356 euro is a lot of money, especially given the difficult economical times in which we all live. But as some people know: making documentaries is very costly. A 'normal' documentary of an hour will cost more than two or three times than we have budgeted.

Furthermore, we will make a film with a search element and that has some advantages but also some disadvantages. The biggest advantage is content-related: a search is inherently exciting / full of surprises, because you simply don’t know where it would lead you. But the disadvantage is that each track must be researched which would lead to a long production time. In addition, the search can lead to foreign countries which brings extra travel expenses to the production. For example, the quest for 'The Crying Gypsy Boy' took me via various cities in the Netherlands eventually to Venice! For ‘Beethoven Street 1967’ we assume we would need a half-year filming period + two months editing + travel expenses.

As a matter of fact the only reason we can afford to operate under the usual budget for a project like this is because we are planning to do almost everything (camera, sound and offline editing) by our own. Also the fact that the finalizing of the documentary (online editing, sound mixing and grading) would be done by our friends for a special price also helps us to reduce costs."

              

© Ed van der Elsken / Nederlands Fotomuseum, Courtesy Annet Gelink Gallery

Beethoven Street 1967 is an idea of ​​Bahram Sadeghi and Gert Tetteroo and would be made by Dikla Zeidler (camera, editing and director) and Bahram Sadeghi (host and director).

 

 

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A search for three iconic women and a magical era...
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This project was closed on 13-12-2013

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