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Hunger (1966)

Sult (original title)
In 1890, Pontus, the starving writer, wanders the streets of Christiania, in search of love and a chance to get his work published. All he meets is defeat and suffering while his sense of ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Per Oscarsson ...
Pontus
Gunnel Lindblom ...
Ylajali
Birgitte Federspiel ...
Her sister
Knud Rex ...
Landlord
Hans W. Petersen ...
Grocer
Henki Kolstad ...
Editor
Roy Bjørnstad ...
Konstantin
Sverre Hansen ...
Painter
Pål Skjønberg ...
Constable
Else Heiberg ...
Landlady
Lise Fjeldstad ...
Little girl
Carl Ottosen ...
Sailor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bjarne Andersen
Wilfred Breistrand
Osvald Helmuth ...
Pawnbroker
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In 1890, Pontus, the starving writer, wanders the streets of Christiania, in search of love and a chance to get his work published. All he meets is defeat and suffering while his sense of reality is withering. One moment his is delighted and the next he curses everybody. All the time he manages to maintain human dignity and pride. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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An adaptation from Nobel Prize winner Knut Hamsun's 'Sult'. See more »

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Pontus: All is lost, ladies and gentlemen! All is lost!
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Version of Boy Eating the Bird's Food (2012) See more »

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Near Perfect Black And White
11 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you enjoy beautiful, Black and White films, HUNGER is one for you to enjoy. The film captures the look and feel of 1890 Oslo to perfection. According to the commentary, in 1966 this picturesque area of the city still existed, and the film was shot on location. Another compelling aspect of this film is the depiction of 'madness'. Per Oscarsson's portrayal really allows the viewer to inhabit his skewed paranoid world.

Dozens of films have demonstrated insanity caused by drugs, alcohol, and sexual obsession. However, in this movie the protagonist is pushed over the edge by sheer force of will.

His unyielding and rigid moral code will not allow him to take even the most reasonable course of action. The movie is bleak and somber, yet one is able to empathize with the character. In fact, the last scene in the film-the last expression on Pontus's face-leaves the viewer with a wide range of possible interpretations. Is the character embracing a new and hopeful turn of events, or is he under the spell of a new obsession?


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