Alex van Dijck

Date of birth
Date deceased


Alex van Dijck was a painter and photographer. In 1897 he made two short films for the Nederlandsche Gist- and Spiritusfabriek, commissioned by general manager J.C. van Marken. While filming these movies, Van Dijck used camera that Van Marken had purchased from the French production company Gaumont. The films were developed in Paris, and then screened in the Nederlandsche Gist- and Spiritusfabriek’s clubhouse, called De Gemeenschap.

After these films, Van Dyck was no longer involved with cinema. In an article in the magazine ‘De Filmwereld’ (No. 38, 1918), Van Dijck claimed to have made the first Dutch film, although the oldest Dutch films were actually three films shot by the Amsterdam photographer M.H. Laddé. These were screened at the end of 1896 by the travelling cinema operator Christiaan Slieker.


  1. 1897
    Camera, Director
  2. 1897
    Camera, Director

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