And welcome back, Jan. Yeah, I know, we stopped our blog a month ago. And yeah, it was a bit sad, but Jan and I went on posting vintage postcards of European film stars on Flickr
. Writing about them was so much fun and our postcards got so many views, that I had this idea: let's transform our Truus, Bob & Jan too!
into an European film star blog with our postcards as illustrations. What about it, Jan?
Here we will publish scans of our vintage postcards of the European cinema between 1895 and 1970. We like those stills and portraits of both stars and lesser known actors, in black & white, sepia or color, from Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Britain, Hungary, Russia, The Netherlands or any other European country. We love them all. We try to show the postcards like they have become after decades in the care of their fans. And we do hope you, readers anywhere, send us your comments.
Our dear Truus
has her own project that she will post - sooner or later - on the web. Truus, the first post on this new European Filmstar blog is dedicated to you. It's about another Dutch Truus we love:
Dutch Postcard by Jospe, nr. 462. Photo by Godfried de Groot, Amsterdam.
Dutch film star Truus van Aalten
(1910-1999) made 29 films in the 1920’s and 1930’s and only one of them in the Netherlands. She was sixteen when she won a competition in a film magazine and found herself acting in a movie in the film metropolis Berlin. The film was called Die sieben Töchter der Frau Gyurkovics
(1927, Ragnar Hyltén-Cavallius) and it was a small part, but the Ufa soon realized that she was a gifted comedienne. Although she had no acting education at all she was contracted by the Ufa for three years. Thereafter many silent films for other companies too followed. Because of her informal acting and her humour, Truus van Aalten succeeded to entertain the audience. Her nickname in Germany became ‘die kleine holländische Käse’ (the little Dutch cheese).
This is a German postcard by Ross Verlag, nr. 5773/1, from 1930 or 1931. The photo was taken by Photo-Atelier May in Frankfurt a.M.
Truus van Aalten became popular all over Europe. The transition to the sound film turned out well for her despite her Dutch origin and she performed in such early sound movies as Liebling der Götter
(1930, Hanns Schwarz), Pension Schöller
(1930, Georg Jacoby) and Kasernenzauber
(1931, Carl Boese). When the Nazis came to power they forced her to stop working, because she refused to become a party member. In 1934 she returned to Amsterdam where she starred in her only Dutch movie, the army comedy Het meisje met den blauwen hoed
(1934, Rudolf Meinert). When the Nazis tried to use her in propaganda movies, she refused. In 1939 she got once more a leading role in Ein ganzer Kerl
(1939, Fritz Peter Buch), it would be her last film. After the war she tried to gain a foothold in the British film business, but the there unknown actress finally failed because of her lack of knowledge of English. In the 1950's she became a businesswoman with her self-founded shop for souvenirs in Voorhut and she married in 1964. Her last years were marred by mental illness, and she died in the Dutch town of Warmond in 1999.
. This website
is completely dedicated to her.