Fons Rademakers, born on 5 September 1920 in Roosendaal, started his career as actor and theatre
Rademakers, who studied at the Amsterdam Academy of Dramatic Arts and began his career as an actor, was drafted into the Dutch army in the second world war, and was captured by the Germans but released because “they considered that actors were not threatening.” In 1943 he fled to Switzerland, where he spent the rest of the war.
Returning to Amsterdam, he joined a theatre company, before deciding, at the age of 35, that he wanted to direct films. He therefore became second assistant director to Jean Renoir, Vittorio De Sica and Charles Crichton before embarking on Village by the River. This focused on an eccentric doctor who settles in a village on the banks of the Meuse early in the 20th century. He dedicates himself to caring for the poor and puncturing the pomposity of the local authorities, of whom he eventually falls foul. Based on an Antoon Coolen novel… read more