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Indonesia Calling (1946)



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Credited cast:
Edmund Allison Edmund Allison
Catherine Duncan Catherine Duncan ... Herself - Narrator (voice)
Peter Finch ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Jim Healey Jim Healey ... Himself


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Documentary | Short







Release Date:

4 December 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aqui Indon√©sia See more »

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1.37 : 1
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After completing the film Joris Ivens suffered persecution from his stance about the Dutch and Indonesia. Ivens had his Dutch passport seized by the Dutch authorities for a few months at a time in order to monitor his whereabouts. Finally, in 1985, the Dutch government presented Ivens with a Golden Calf. See more »


Edited into Das Lied der Ströme (1954) See more »

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Significant documentary.
24 March 2007 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

At the end of WW2, (some of the participants are in military uniforms) support for Dutch colonists, battling the Indonesian Independence movement, was a divisive issue and many Australian Unions declared black Dutch ships in Australian ports, which were claimed to be carrying armaments and troops to the Dutch.

The film show Indonesians, who had been living in Australia during the Japanese occupation, concerts and trade union support and a meeting address by union leader Jim Healey.

By this time, Ivens was a practiced hand and the film has a professionalism missing from the subsequent Waterside Workers Film Unit productions, made in emulation of his style by local crews. Chasing the break-away ship, manned by an Indian crew, with a launch of loud hailer protesters is a passable action high light.

Already, Peter Finch was a serious contender and his reading of the commentary sets a bench mark for these.

In the Cold War, participation in this venture was to prove an embarrassment to a number of the makers.

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