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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

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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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Storyline

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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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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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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Amazing
17 August 2006 | by dalaine00See all my reviews

I just watched this movie last night and I came to this site to see how many awards this movie won. I was shocked when I saw that this was a TV movie that has apparently won no awards whatsoever! The movie is absolutely brilliant and completely mesmerizing.

Rather than just detailing the chronology of the artist's life, the film tells Munch's story by juxtaposing his excruciating emotional, sexual, and spiritual conflicts against his quiet and composed public facade. Raised in a Puritan middle-class Norwegian family, Munch rebelled early on by joining a group of Bohemian artists that met nightly to discuss the strict but hypocritical rules of Norwegian society which prized marriage and purity on the one hand while allowing legalized prostitution (supervised by the local police department) on the other. Munch's mother died when he was very young and before dying, made him and his sister promise to always be good, follow Jesus, and turn away from earthly desires. The movie tries to show how his early experiences caused a lifelong tension between sexual desire, unfulfilled love, emotional trauma, and spiritual guilt that created extreme anxiety and depression that, in turn, becomes a part of Munch's art. He tries to either excise or describe his pain through his art, I'm not sure which.

The movie layers multiple sounds and sights to create the story. So, for example, when Munch has his first sexual encounter with the love of his life, who is a married woman, the scene shifts back and forth between images of him kissing his love on the neck and mouth and scenes of his mother coughing up blood and being supported by her sisters as she dies. In many scenes of the movie, when he is painting, you hear a piano playing in a bar with all the bar noises and overlaying that sound is the sound of Munch weeping after he lost his love, all the while showing him attacking the canvas violently as he paints.

As others have said, the painful story of Munch's life and art is also interlaced with information about the society he lived in and stories from the news. So throughout the movie, you hear news snippets like when Hitler was born or when a revolution breaks out in Venezuela or a story about a riot in London. There are interviews with factory workers who work 16 hour days or prostitutes who are trying to support their families. There are a lot of details about the sexual revolution of the Bohemians and the painful affairs that resulted from that. There are quite a few bar discussions about Marxism, women's rights, censorship, and art. You just can't imagine people having these kinds of discussions today. One of Munch's mentors was jailed after he wrote a book that was considered too provocative for proper society. Munch also had exhibitions shut down because they were considered improper and immoral.

I strongly recommend this movie. I'm wondering if I'll ever see anything like this again.


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