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Edvard Munch (1974)

Following a rough chronology from 1884 to 1894, when Norwegian artist Edvard Munch began expressionism and established himself as northern Europe's most maligned and controversial artist, ... See full summary »

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Peter Watkins

Writer:

Peter Watkins
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geir Westby ... Edvard Munch
Gro Fraas Gro Fraas ... Fru Heiberg
Kerstii Allum Kerstii Allum ... Sophie Munch - 1868
Eric Allum Eric Allum ... Edvard Munch - 1868
Susan Troldmyr Susan Troldmyr ... Laura Munch - 1868
Ragnvald Caspari Ragnvald Caspari ... Peter Andreas Munch - 1868
Katja Pedersen Katja Pedersen ... Inger Munch - 1868
Hjordis Ulriksen Hjordis Ulriksen ... Housemaid - 1868
Inger-Berit Oland Inger-Berit Oland ... Sophie Munch - 1875
Amund Berge Amund Berge ... Edvard Munch - 1875
Camilla Falk Camilla Falk ... Laura Munch - 1875
Erik Kristiansen Erik Kristiansen ... Peter Andreas Munch - 1875
Anne-Marie Daehli Anne-Marie Daehli ... Inger Munch - 1875 (as Anne Marie Dæhli)
Johan Halsborg Johan Halsborg ... Dr. Christian Munch - 1884
Gro Jarto Gro Jarto ... Laura Catherine Munch - 1884
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Following a rough chronology from 1884 to 1894, when Norwegian artist Edvard Munch began expressionism and established himself as northern Europe's most maligned and controversial artist, the film also flashes back to the death from consumption of his mother, when he was five, his sister's death, and his near death at 13 from pulmonary disease. The film finds enduring significance in Munch's brief affair with "Mrs. Heiberg" and his participation in the café society of anarchist Hans Jaeger in Christiania and later in Berlin with Strindberg. Through it all comes Munch's melancholy and his desire to render on canvas, cardboard, paper, stone, and wood his innermost feelings. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Sweden | Norway

Release Date:

12 November 1974 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,961, 19 June 2005

Gross USA:

$43,539

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,949
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Runtime:

| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Narrator: I felt as if there were invisible threads between us. I felt as if invisible threads from her hair still twisted themselves around me. And, when she completely disappeared there, over the ocean, then I felt still how it hurt, where my heart bled, because the threads could not be broken.
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A Piece of Munch
6 July 2013 | by eigaeyeSee all my reviews

At 221 minutes, this film pushes to the outer limits of its material and cinematic technique. Certainly the director's style is fresh and arresting, and the performances (if that's the right word for a 'fly-on-the-wall' directorial style), including the remarkable look-alike actor who plays Munch, are uniformly excellent. The art direction is also particularly impressive, evoking both late 19th century middle class and bohemian Europe with real pungency. The film concentrates on some of the main formative influences on Munch's art: his family relations, circle of friends and lovers. Munch's poor health as a child (you would never guess from this film that he actually lived to the age of 80) is given much prominence. The film, however, could not be described as a biography of the artist. It has nothing to say about his commercial success (which was not insignificant by 1897), what paintings he sold, how he supported himself, or anything about the second half of his life. For me, the last 30 minutes of the film seemed repetitive and, with the accumulation of repeated images and scenes, suffered from the law of diminishing returns. Perhaps the film's greatest strength is its exposition of the circumstances under which several key works in Munch's oeuvre were created. The depictions of the act of painting – often the weakest element in such biopics – are brilliantly handled by Watkins. Worth seeing. But worth owning?


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