Een oud keizerrijk
Documentary about the town of Amerongen.
‘Amerongen: a previously unknown Dutch village, but since 1919 ... a famous royal resort’. With this text, filmmaker Willy Mullens begins this short promotional film, which was made for the municipality of Amerongen. The film begins like a typical ‘city film’, including the panoramic opening shot of Amerongen and its surroundings, but half-way through begin to focus on Amerongen’s most famous resident: Wilhelm II, the former Emperor of Germany.
After his escape to the Netherlands in November of 1918, the Bentinck castle in Amerongen became his new home. Though the former Emperor does not appear in the film, we do see his many security agents. Mullens also focuses on the flooding of Amerongen in January of 1919.
Catalogus van Filmwerken - H.A.P. & BenS Film Comp., Den Haag (1923), p. 3
Nieuw Weekblad voor de Cinematografie No. 45, 1926
Algemeen Handelsblad, 19 augustus 1926