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Edvard Munch


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  • Actors: Geir Westby, Gro Fraas, Kerstii Allum, Eric Allum, Susan Troldmyr
  • Directors: Peter Watkins
  • Writers: Peter Watkins
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Norwegian
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Morningstar Ent.
  • Release Date: March 28 2006
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E1NX90
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,984 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

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

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon C. McNeill on Oct. 14 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Edvard Munch is the Citizen Kane that nobody saw. From a storytelling point of view, its portrayal of the constant torment that led to Munch's art is oddly enthralling throughout its 3+ hr length. From a filmmaking point of view, Munch is like no other (except, perhaps, Watkins other later work). To my knowledge, no one has so expertly reproduced the personal thoughts and internal feelings of a man on screen as Watkins does in Munch. Sounds, images, narration, recollections--all float in and out of Munch's consciousness and into ours during this captivating biography on the Norwegian artist most famous for "The Shriek."
Perhaps every aspect of this film is avant-garde, from its editing all the way down to its casting (many parts were played by non-professionals), but perhaps no other movie has enveloped me in its universe the way that Munch does. I have always marveled at how little-known Peter Watkins' Edvard Munch is, and I've been so thankful that it found me. You will be too.
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By Toronto Lad on Feb. 11 2012
Format: DVD
This movie is too long. A good half hour could be edited out...too much fill. Main actor's biggest part is essentially staring back st the camera! Never touches on his life and art after his breakdown. Film focuses on the "social" condition in Norway during his lifetime which,again,counts for little as it was the same in most of Europe anyway, so no real "Munch-oriented" detail. Flashbacks to scene of his dying sister number over 10. Why this incessant repetition at the expense of more interesting aspects of his life are beyond me. Again..lost opportunities by the writer/producer.
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By Wayne from Ontario. on Oct. 12 2014
Format: DVD
Certainly the most powerful documentary on an artist that I have ever seen !
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By Steve ager on July 20 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A great,very sad movie
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benowen on Oct. 16 2010
Format: DVD
It's all in Norwegian and that wasn't mentioned in the promo for the product. Only the narative is in English; all the characters are speaking Norwegian which I don't understand so I feel a little cheated.
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