50 years ago, Bert Haanstra created the Alleman film; a portrait of our Dutch. The film was not about particular striking people but rather about the everyday life of the average citizen. Alleman so. How we lived back then? What was important for us? How we went with our children and what we did in our free time?
Now, 50 years later, the Netherlands has been completely overhauled. We got the pill, computer, internet, mobile phone, the 24-hour economy, and a multicultural society. How they come across to us that Dutch of 1963? 8 episodes we examine what changed in the field of work, love, leisure, life of the Dutch. How did our behavior? And what things will never change?
In Alleman kids just went with the flow of the family. Nowadays children have all kinds of things, high expectations from the parents. Children grow from childhood with lots of choice. We thus prove they have a service?
In the film Alleman 1963 is nowhere a trace of sex. Only what gefoezel on a bench. Sex was obviously still a taboo in the Netherlands. What is left now of the sexual revolution that erupted later release? After decades in which everything was out, we still appear again chaste go on ....
Labour was in the time of Alleman a duty, it was needed as 'livelihood' and foremost a matter for the man. In Alleman, we see farmers and boat workers who had physically demanding work. Nowadays work not only men but also women and you want in your job can lay your heart and soul. Your work must fit you well, so you can develop yourself and develop.
In 1963, we were officially not so much free time. We worked six days a week and Sunday, which we did nothing was sacred. Free time is changed from 'settle down' to spend as meaningful as possible. Develop yourself, sports, volunteer work, hobbies, etc. Yet we have become is determined not calmer. The languid Sunday to the recreation coercion.
In the time of Alleman we all live nicely together, we are cramped and it is important to have clean your alley. After the housing shortage in the years 50/60 are in the 70's a lot of new houses built. The family home, known as the all sides, was the dominant housing type at that time. The Netherlands is known as the land of the townhomes. Also takes home ownership in the Netherlands since the seventies sharply.
50 years ago people were in their Sunday best for a sporting event, everyone looked neat. The audience lived, even at that time, along with passionate athletes. Over the years, has been sporting a different meaning. Dutch will not only have to look at sports, but sports massively itself.
What habits have remained the same and what has changed there? In the '80s seemed traditions on their return, but there still seems to be a desire for rituals. Both 'original' Dutch as meanwhile habits from other cultures. We need the 'we' feeling.
In Alleman, we see an innocent society where we are 'one'. But within its own column. On Sunday we go to church. Everyone to his own church. All went to the beach, football and in traffic. And actually that's still the case. Only, now we have more attention to our own identity. We are more focused on ourselves, trying to distinguish us from others. We take better care of ourselves. We are therefore better for others?