Parradox: A Tribute to Pim de la Parra (Enhanced DVD)
Even a character created out of fantasy, an actor in a movie, would not be as interesting as the real life of the real filmmaker Pim de la Parra. His entire life is one of controversy and outrageousness. He never accepted any limitations. He was motivated by his over-exuberance to make things anew. His chosen form of expression was filmmaking. In the early part of his career, he collaborated with the then unknown Martin Scorsese as well as Paul Verhoeven. This documentary is a story within a story because to get the funding to make this documentary, the filmmaker In-Soo Radstake had as difficult a time as the life of Pim de la Parra was to live. It all started with Pim de la Parra’s escape from Suriname. When he got to the Netherlands, he co-wrote a film with Martin Scorsese. He was able to somehow get it made. It was called “Obsessions” and achieved international recognition and success. Not only was it culturally significant, it made money. He followed this first film with “Blue Movie” which literally was the start of the film industry in the Netherlands. Even though his success as a filmmaker was on an upward trajectory, his personal life was in shambles. His mother died and he never came to terms with her death. After this, he made a film called “One People,” which was a reflection about married couples breaking up and then getting back together again. This mirrored what was happening in his personal life. His luck ran out and “One People” was a financial disaster, which bankrupted his movie studio. Pim de la Parra was the father of Dutch cinema, but never got the recognition he deserved. This documentary shows the world from his point of view and sets the record straight.