Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home - a place where she can feel in control, alone with her husband and her thoughts. But Ingrid's real problems lie ... See full summary »
Ellen Dorrit Petersen,
Ingeborg Holm's husband opens up a grocery store and life is on the sunny side for them and their three children. But her husband becomes sick and dies. Ingeborg tries to keep the store, ... See full summary »
In a remote Norwegian mountain-area in the 1930s, two 12 year old girls Siss and Unn meet. They are friends, but for Unn it is more serious. She admits to having secret and indecent ... See full summary »
Hilde Nyeggen Martinsen,
Commoners have always had complicated lives; they've had to work for what they get and suffer many adversities and woes in the process. They have nothing in common with aristocrats who enjoy the good life without doing anything at all.
That particular and peculiar fight for life is very well depicted in the Norwegian silent film "Markens Grode" (1921) wherein farmers Herr Isak and Frau Inger ( Herr Armund Rydland and Frau Karen Poulsen ) live a rough life in a dry and lonely moor in the North of Norway. When the third child of Inger and Isak is born with a hare lip, Inger decides to spare him a life of gibes and ridicule, preferring to kill him in the greatest secrecy. But she is betrayed and has to spend several years in prison. During her detention, some copper is discovered in the region and the population greatly increases as a result.
So we have a story of many hardships suffered by those pioneers who, in addition to struggling to tame nature, also have to endure even more dangerous enemies such as administrative officials. The number of new people in the area ends up increasing the injustices.
"Markens Grode" was based on a very successful book written by the Norwegian Nobel Prize writer Herr Knut Hamsun. In order to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth ( Here Hamsun is only a kid in comparison with this old German count ), the Norwegian Film Institute restored the film thanks to two different copies that were available, a nice restoration including the original tints. The film is an interesting piece of silent archaeology especially for this German count who does not know much about Norwegian silent oeuvres. The film has those elements so dear to Nordics: fantastic, supernatural elements connected with nature, the struggle to survive in a hostile environment, and the endurance of human beings against the odds (something that is universal, not just particular to Nordic culture).
The film was directed by Herr Gunnar Sommerfeldt who also has a role in the film. The actors play their parts convincingly and make the audience feel the sorrows and joys of Herr Isak and Frau Inger as time passes inexorably on. It is a beautiful film wherein the Norwegian wild landscape becomes a central character.
And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must continue to spend an idle and unworried life.
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