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12 November 1974 (Norway) See more »
Following a rough chronology from 1884 to 1894, when Norwegian artist Edvard Munch began expressionism... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Geir Westby ... Edvard Munch
Gro Fraas ... Fru Heiberg
Kerstii Allum ... Sophie Munch - 1868
Eric Allum ... Edvard Munch - 1868
Susan Troldmyr ... Laura Munch - 1868
Ragnvald Caspari ... Peter Andreas Munch - 1868
Katja Pedersen ... Inger Munch - 1868
Hjordis Ulriksen ... Housemaid - 1868
Inger-Berit Oland ... Sophie Munch - 1875
Amund Berge ... Edvard Munch - 1875
Camilla Falk ... Laura Munch - 1875
Erik Kristiansen ... Peter Andreas Munch - 1875
Anne-Marie Daehli ... Inger Munch - 1875 (as Anne Marie Dæhli)
Johan Halsborg ... Dr. Christian Munch - 1884
Gro Jarto ... Laura Catherine Munch - 1884
Lotte Teig ... Aunt Karen Bjølstad - 1884
Rachel Pedersen ... Inger Munch - 1884
Berit Rytter Hasle ... Laura Munch - 1884
Gunnar Skjetne ... Peter Andreas Munch - 1884
Vigdis Nilssen ... Housemaid - 1884
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nina Aabel ... Kristiania Bohemian
Harry Andersen ... Kristiania Bohemian Pianist
Ove Bee ... Kristiania Bohemian
Eivind Einar Berg ... Kristiania Bohemian
Axel Brun ... Kristiania Bohemian
Arne Brønstad ... Kristiania Bohemian
Erik Disch ... Kristiania Bohemian
Ida Elisabeth Dypvik ... Aase Carlsen
Morten Eid ... Sigbjørn Obstfelder
Anders Ekman ... Bengt Lidfors
Peter Esdaile ... Dr. Thaulow
Trygve Fett ... Kristiania Bohemian
Hjørdis Fodstad ... Kristiania Bohemian
Christer Fredberg ... Adolf Paul
Häkon Gundersen ... Vilhelm Krag
Kristin Helle-Valle ... Miss Drefsen
Torstein Hilt ... Jappe Nilssen
Hassa Horn Jr. ... Kristiania Bohemian
Merete Jorgensen ... Laura Marholm
John Willy Kopperud ... Kristiania Bohemian
Knut Kristiansen ... Christian Krohg
Dieter Kriszat ... Richard Dehmel
Hans Erich Lampl ... Dr. Schlittgen
Dag Myklebust ... Sigurd Bodtker
Tom Olsen ... Kristiania Bohemian
Kai Olshausen ... Dr. Schleich
Nils Eger Pettersen ... Fritz Thaulow
Peter Plenne ... Kristiania Bohemian
Asle Raaen ... Kristiania Bohemian
Ladislaw Reznicek ... Stanislav Przybyszewski
Eli Skolmen Ryg ... Oda Lasson (as Eli Ryg)
Ingeborg Sandberg ... Kristiania Bohemian
Peter Saul ... Ola Hansson
Marianne Schjetne ... Kristiania Bohemian
Hävard Skoglund ... Kristiania Bohemian
Einar Henning Smedby ... Black Pig Café Pianist
Kåre Stormark ... Hans Jæger
Alf Kare Strindberg ... August Strindberg
Margareth Toften ... Kristiania Bohemian
Arnuly Torbjørnsen ... Kristiania Bohemian
Iselin von Hanno Bast ... Dagny Juell
Geo von Krogh ... Kristiania Bohemian
Ellen Waaler ... Charlotte Dørnberger
Peter Watkins ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Peter Watkins 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Watkins 

Cinematography by
Odd-Geir Sæther  (as Odd Geir Sæther)
Film Editing by
Peter Watkins 
Casting by
Oda Schjøll 
Anne Veflingstad 
Production Design by
Grethe Hejer 
Art Direction by
Grethe Hejer 
Costume Design by
Ada Skolmen 
Makeup Department
Evy Mortensen .... assistant makeup artist
Karin Saether .... makeup supervisor (as Karin Sæther)
Kari Wigre .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Ulf Fjoran .... production manager
Art Department
Hermann Bendiksen .... consultant: paintings
Lars Bjørhei .... properties assistant
Finn Carlsen .... properties assistant
Knut Jorgensen .... consultant: graphics (as Knut Jörgensen)
Jörn Nilsén .... properties assistant: Montreal
Christian Rohde .... properties assistant
Jan Aage Sohlberg .... properties supervisor
Sound Department
Bjørn Hansen .... sound supervisor (as Björn Harald Hansen)
Åsmund Huser .... sound assistant
Kenneth Storm-Hansen .... sound supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Cato Bautz .... lighting supervisor
Willy Bettvik .... lighting assistant
Erik Daeli .... lighting supervisor (as Erik Dæhli)
Ottar Fjellanger .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kari Anonsen .... costume design assistant
Kari Elfstedt .... costume design assistant
Editorial Department
Lorne Morris .... assistant editor
Other crew
Wenche Lie .... continuity
Sidsel Udnaes .... production assistant (as Sidsel Udnæs)
Anne Veflingstad .... researcher
Åse Vikene .... consultant: dialogue
Arne Eggum .... acknowledgment: Munch Museum
Pal Hougen .... acknowledgment: Munch Museum
Trygve Nergaard .... thanks
Ragna Staang .... thanks

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210 min | USA:174 min (theatrical version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Singapore:NC-16 | UK:PG (DVD rating)

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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.See more »
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41 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Amazing, 17 August 2006
Author: dalaine00 from Seattle, WA

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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