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Albert Balink


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Albert Balink: Albert Henrica Everardus Catherina Balink was a Dutch-Indonesian journalist and filmmaker who made important contributions to the Indonesian cinema in the 1930s. Born in the Netherlands, he made his start in the Dutch East Indies as a journalist writing extensively on film. Having learned filmmaking from books, in the mid-1930s he released a documentary and two feature films. In 1938 he immigrated to the United States and married, founding and becoming the editor of The Knickerbocker. His two feature films, Pareh and Terang Boelan, have been considered the most important films from the Dutch East Indies of the 1930s.

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Google previewA Dictionary of Film Studies (2012)

by Annette Kuhn, Guy Westwell

Terang Bulan/Full Moon (Albert Balink, 1937) was the first sound film and full- length feature in the national language of Bahasa Indonesia, a variant of Malay. Japanese occupation during World War II resulted in the dismantling of the Chinese monopoly of the film industry, with the Japanese-run film company, Nippon Eigasha, producing propaganda films and giving opportunities to Indonesian filmmakers to gain skills and experience. After the war and the struggle for independence, ...

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