Friday, October 24, 2014

RTL to Air Documentary about Grand Duke Jean

Photo: RTL
RTL will air a two hour long biographical documentary about the life and work of Grand Duke Jean on November 2. The documentary will include a visit to Luxembourg's former head of state's home, the Château de Fischbach, as well as interviews by Grand Duke Henri and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume. It will be shown to mark the 50th anniversary of Grand Duke Jean coming to the throne in 1964 upon his mother's abdication.

The documentary by Jacques van Luik and Misch Bervand aims to show the more personal side of the former Grand Duke, who most Luxembourgers only know from television or the newspaper. While research was a little difficult in the beginning as Grand Duke Jean has always been a notoriously low-key and discrete person and the same goes for the people around him, walls broke down when he personally invited the film crew to his home. In addition to hundreds of hours of research in the RTL archives, the filmmakers were also given access to the private archives of the Grand Ducal Family.

In addition, a book by Stéphane Bern about Grand Duke Jean will be published in November as well.

Needless to say, I'm looking forward to both the documentary - check out the preview on RTL's website - as well as the book. This seems to be the year of documentaries and I'm loving it! The documentary about Grand Duke Jean will be shown on November 2; the first part at 6:30pm and the second at 8:15pm.

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