(aka "De Witte" )


directed by Robbe De Hert
Belgium 1980


This insightful, excellent drama is based on a popular novel from the 1930s and is the second cinematic version of the story of young Whitey. Whitey and his family live in poverty in Flanders, working for a wealthy farmer. Whitey's main passion is reading, although he has no affection for school or for farm work. His hyperactive imagination finds an outlet with his friends, as he sets them up to play-act battles from literature. In order to feed his reading habit Whitey borrows or steals to get books. Already in trouble and not yet out of school, Whitey's future looks bleak — he was born in the wrong social register at the wrong time.

Excerpt from Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide

Theatrical Release: March 25, 1980 - Belgium

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DVD Review: Koninklijk Belgisch Filmarchief (Kroniek van de Vlaamse Film 1955-1990) - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Pieter Boven for the Review!

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Koninklijk Belgisch Filmarchief

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:42:47 (4% PAL speedup)

1.77:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.98 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s


NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Audio Flemish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles Dutch, English, French, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Koninklijk Belgisch Filmarchief

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.77:1

Edition Details:
• animated menus in Dutch, English or French
• documentary «De Witte van Sichem archives» 35'20, in Dutch with subtitles
• trailers for several films by Robbe De Hert, no subtitles
• short film «19 December» (1965) 15'35, music only
• 8 page booklet, in Dutch
• summaries of press reviews (positive & negative ones), in Dutch or French

DVD Release Date: September 1, 2003

Chapters 8

Comments This DVD has been issued by the Belgian Royal Film Archive, as part of the series Chronicles of Flemish Film 1955-1990, funded by the Flemish government. Its aim is to digitally restore and release 11 important Flemish films on DVD, accompanied by a 30 minute documentary. You can find the list here http://www.filmarchief.be/nl/dvdmain.htm (in Dutch). All 5 releases so far have been English subtitled.

 - Pieter Boven


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