De Volkskrant TV selection for Wednesday 3 August

Natalie Portman in Jackie by Pablo Larrain.

28 days

RTL 8, 20.25

(Drama, Betty Thomas, 2000) All-but-very-American drama about the rehab period of an intelligent, cynical young woman who misbehaves drunk at her sister’s wedding. When she causes an accident with the car, she has to choose: clinic or prison. Sandra Bullock proves in this film from director Betty Thomas (aka actress in Hill Street Blues), that in addition to comedy and action films, she is also perfectly at home in a serious drama. Strong supporting roles also from Steve Buscemi and Viggo Mortensen.

Sandra Bullock in 28 Days of Betty Thomas Statue

Sandra Bullock in 28 Days by Betty Thomas

Elton John: Uncensored

NPO 3, 21.09

Sir Elton John has been active in music for sixty years and is currently on his farewell tour. Over a period of five years, John will give more than three hundred concerts around the world, with the final performance scheduled for July 2023. In a candid interview with Graham Norton for the BBC, the singer talks about his childhood in his home in the South of France, career, musical triumphs and the film biography Rocket manwhich hit theaters in 2019. Personal low points, such as his drug addiction, are also not untouched.

Pompeii rises

Canvas, 9.30 p.m.

In 79, Pompeii was buried under a layer of ash after an eruption of the volcano Vesuvius. Today, the Roman site owes its fame to the archaeological finds that have been made there since the 19th century. In 2018, a new archaeological mission began to reveal undiscovered parts of the city. The documentary Pompeii rises the researchers observe and use computer animations to reconstruct buildings and streets, but also the inhabitants and their lives. A special feature is the discovery of a well-preserved thermopolium, a Roman snack bar.

Inside the Deceiver’s Brain

NPO 2, 22.09

Shaun Greenhalgh spent seventeen years making fake artefacts, defrauding experts from famous museums and auction houses. The British forger was particularly versatile, forging Egyptian, Roman and Chinese objects, as well as a sculpture that passed for a work by Paul Gauguin. IN Inside the Deceiver’s Brain it becomes clear that Greenhalgh thinks it’s important that people see him not as a criminal, but as a talented artist. When the experts talk to him, they encounter a complex personality.

The Godfather Part III

Canvas, 22.25.

(Crime, Francis Ford Coppola, 1990) In tone and attraction comes third Godfather-part not close to its predecessors, but the film is certainly not bad. The final piece is also as baroque as a gangster epic can be. With one big, curious surprise: Coppola’s daughter Sofia, then a teenager, replaced the over-the-top Winona Ryder and appeared in the film as Mary, daughter of mob boss Michael Corleone (Al Pacino). The inexperienced actress was quite out of place among the Hollywood stars. Sofia would later do well as a director.

Al Pacino and Richard Bright in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part III.  Picture

Al Pacino and Richard Bright in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part III.

Puck & Hans – Made in Holland

NPO 2, 23.10

Fashion designer Hans Kemmink died last Sunday at the age of 75. Since the 1960s, Kemmink had formed a legendary duo with Puck Kroon, who was also his life partner in addition to his business partner. For thirty years, the couple ran a hip store at Rokin in Amsterdam, where they could count celebrities from Dutch showbiz and media among their customers. Director Peter Wingender made the cheerful and personal documentary ‘Made in Holland’ about the striking couple whom he met after a chance meeting at the tennis club.


Fox, 12:10 p.m

(Drama, Pablo Larraín, 2016) The first days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy are portrayed in the majestic film Jackie captured like a fever dream, told from the perspective of the new widow of the US president. Especially the flawless camerawork by Stéphane Fontaine (a prophet, Elle) stays away from the often nostalgic and affirming biographical genre. In a compelling jumble of brief flashbacks, Chilean director Pablo Larraín delves deep into the mind of the grieving Jackie in his English-language debut, who, despite the chaos of the moment and despite her broken soul, steadfastly reigns over her husband’s image and legacy. .

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