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School for Suicide (1964)

Selvmordsskolen (original title)
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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Jørgen Ryg ...
Mand der ønsker at begå selvmord
Axel Strøbye ...
Professor / Bilsælger
Hans W. Petersen ...
Bedemanden S.S. Markussen
Bodil Udsen ...
Sundhedsplejerske
Tina Nørløv ...
Kvinde der reklamerer i tv
Judy Gringer ...
Sekretær for professoren
Helle Hertz ...
Frk. Hansen
Lone Hertz ...
Kvinde der studerer sex-stillinger
Harald Isenstein ...
Kunstner
Minna Jørgensen ...
Mor
Palle Huld ...
Far
Kirsten Walther ...
Datter
Preben Kaas ...
Søn
...
Søn
Paul Hagen ...
Taler foran Folketinget
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Comedy | Drama

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30 March 1964 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Escola de bem gozar a vida  »

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Featured in Lørdagshjørnet: Jørgen Ryg (1977) See more »

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Surprisingly good movie, with many memorable scenes
4 January 2016 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

This movie surprised me, and perhaps I'm going to give this movie more praise than it deserved. It's a mostly forgotten movie, and I only stumbled over it by chance. It is about a man who is lonely, unhappy and struggling to find his place in the world. It's a surreal film, but it follows the emotional journey the main character is on in a mostly straight forward way.

The movie is an obvious critique of modern life. It is at time maybe a bit too heavy handed, but I found myself forgiving it for it. One scene is a modern art exhibit where three balloons, representing faith, hope and love, are popped as they are not to the audience's liking. Another scene has a classical pianist being interrupted by a man claiming to play modern and true music - and doing so by chopping the piano to pieces with an axe. This theme runs though the entire movie, along with themes of loneliness, isolation and loss of identity.

I was surprised by how much I liked the visuals in this movie. It has some really nice shots, that would probably look gorgeous in an HD restoration (as compared to the VHS-quality I saw this in). The soundtrack (partly by the marvelous Fabricius-Bjerre) was also mostly good.

Now, lots of praise, but I also have to mention: this movie is probably about 20 minutes too long. Several scenes started to drag after a while, and I found myself getting bored several times throughout.


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