Neil Hollander, one of the nation’s most famous multi-talented people, has gone through several professions and has lived in various parts of the world, including Thailand, Costa Rica, and France. Largely collected by libraries worldwide, he is a well-known figure in the world of literature. Throughout his lifespan as an author, which spanned for around 40 years, he was able to create many exceptional books that are still cherished. From war correspondent, journalist, a sailor and yachtsman, to a movie producer and director, there is no one quite like him, and for that matter, there is barely anyone who can say to have done all those things, and on top of that become a best-selling author. Neil Hollander is a remarkable character with valuable experience that makes him a rare breed even among the biggest professionals, and it is exactly his versatility and multi-talent that have brought him all these titles.
The World War I was marked by not only the twentieth century but its consequences in many ways still felt today. After years of unspeakable progress, technology development, artistic experiments and everything that marked the fin de siècle, the war began. Unexpectedly by many, until then it became the bloodiest conflict in human history, the first global war that changed the political map of the world in which tens of millions of people were killed. That is an unprecedented way changed the ways of war. The World War I is one of the most important events in human history. Often in the shadow of the World War II, this conflict is marked by history more than any other conflict before it.
Many years ago Neil Hollander was shooting film about the working sail: The last sailors convinced that this film will be his life’s work. It is the film he carried for decades, and every day, to a great inspiration, with almost mythical ecstasy. But the seemingly inexhaustible energy, instead of the film strip, is increasingly being funneled into battle with “abominations and decent” in the intricate legal disputes, to fly the demons…
Neil Hollander might be best known for his movies where he talked about the connection between death and love. Already with his first film “The last sailors” Hollander insisted on the unity of love and death, and the film H for Hunger ends with their opposition, with a pending outcome. The ambivalence of the relationship between love and death in Burma: Human Tragedy becomes a part of the documentary truth of life, believed Neil Hollander, always noting that his films are an “uninterrupted dialog about love and death and that the two poles of human destiny are in a correlation inside each being”.
At the very beginning of his work, director and author Neil Hollander practically expressed Godard theorem on the interdependence of documentary and fiction in film form. Hollander was saying that his documentary films are made by the principles of a feature film, while his feature film have documentary invoice. For Hollander the film is an “art of the context”.