Dick Maas: ” Flodder ‘continuously went over the edge’

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Director Dick Maas has a reputation for not being a smiley face. He is extremely concentrated on the set and often comes across in interviews as a somewhat gruff man who can complain about the lack of money and appreciation that weighs on him and many Dutch colleagues.

Yet it is precisely that image, that in the cheerful documentary The Dick Maas Method is preserved to your heart’s content. Something Maas is somewhat unhappy about afterwards. Yes, he gave director Jeffrey De Vore carte blanche. “But it does give the impression that I am almost autistic and very inaccessible while shooting.” This may have been the case in his early years. “But I honestly think I have changed. Nowadays it is also just fun on set. ”

Furthermore, the man behind mega hits is like Flodder, Amsterdamned in Murder bitches very happy with the movie. “It is funny to see again what we have turned upside down with our films. Certainly it was in the eighties and nineties the sky the limit. ” Not only actors (such as Maas veteran Huub Stapel, who played in five films) are full of praise in the documentary, colleagues such as Martin Koolhoven, Roel Reiné and Tim Oliehoek also praise the man who has always gone his own way. “Perhaps negative statements have landed on the assembly floor. It’s still fun, so much positivity. ”

Fantasy and freedom

Maas is considered a pioneer who combined Hollywood grandeur with Dutch humor. No Dutch maker had dared to engage in horror until he made his black comic debut in 1983 The elevator presented. “I like the fact that young makers notice that I paved the way for a different kind of films than we were used to in the Netherlands. The national film equated with frumpy book adaptations and boring relationship films. A generation has emerged that has that sense of freedom and opportunity Flodder in Amsterdamned picked up and expanded. ”

The comedy about the antisocial family that is parked in a residential area is rock solid in the annals as his biggest hit. With over 2.3 million visitors applies Flodder from 1986 as a milestone in Dutch film history. Two movie sequels and a five-season TV series followed. “We tried to make a timeless story, which is why the films still work as a series,” Maas analyzes. “It takes place in a chic neighborhood as you can find it all over the world, from Beverly Hills to Bloemendaal. But we never mention the location. Ultimately, it is a very universal story, based on timeless themes: poor versus rich, the government that tries to care about the underprivileged in society. ”

Tank in Zonnedael

In the documentary it is suggested that the politically incorrect humor of Flodder would no longer be possible in 2020. Much attention is paid to the iconic ‘neighbor, what are you doing now’ scene, in which daughter Kees (Tatjana Simic) seduces neighbor Neuteboom (Bert André) in the garage. Maas did not expect that precisely this moment would still be etched in the collective memory after thirty years. “As a maker you can never predict what something you come up with on paper will eventually look like,” he explains. “Everything was right at the time of shooting. With other actors, the scene was probably not that splashed off the screen. ”

The spiritual father himself was more impressed by other highlights in the film: the tank driving through the streets of Zonnedael, the ride with the SRV car. “But maybe they are more dated; things like that have already been done hundreds of times, of course. ” The director thinks you should see the famous garage moment of its time. “It all went quite far, we continuously went over the edge. But that also applies to the American comedies of that time: with the Porky’s Spicy Amusement Parkmovies you wouldn’t get away with now. ”





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