One of the goals of my research stay in Amsterdam is to learn more about Holland’s film history. One way to do this is of course to attend the Film NL series at the EYE film museum, which offers specials, retrospectives, talk shows and Q&As on Dutch cinema. Yesterday, the documentary De domeinen Ditvoorst (1992, Thom Hoffman) about Adriaan Ditvoorst (1940-1987) was shown, along with his very intriguing short film debut Ik kom wat later naar Madra (1965). Together with Paranoia (1967), these two films established Ditvoorst as one of the most promising artistic filmmakers of the first wave of graduates of the Netherlands Film Academy. However, as Jan Vrijman put it, he lacked the talent to make his talent happen.