This overview of children’s festivities is linked to both pagan traditions for the winter solstice and the religious ceremonies of the Nativity. Also important here, is the ethnological interest of the customs which are gradually losing ground, or which are no longer so bewitching for the children. This film managed to capture their joy and fear, their expectations and their bedazzlement.
Director : Henri Storck
Assistant Director : Louis Boogaerts£
Co-director for Great Britain : Winifred Holmes
Script : Henri Storck based on an idea by Georges Franju and René Barjavel
French text : Charles Dorat spoken by Michel Gudin
English text : John Maddison spoken by Franck Hawkins
Dutch text : Max Dendermonde, spoken by Wim Povel
Camera : André Bac, Reginald Cavender, Pim Heytman, Frans Dupont, Wim Gerdes, Hattum Hoving
Editing : Henri Storck
Music : Juriaan Andriessen
Production : Information service for the Netherlands, The Hague (Rijksvoolichtingsdienst)
Director of production : S.I. van Nooten
Commissioned film : Western European Union
Dutch version entitled December maand van het kind. English version entitled December, children’s month.
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