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To mistenkelige personer (1950)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Lindgren ...
Ivar Svendsen ...
Britta Lech-Hanssen ...
Bjarne Andersen ...
Ekstrøms far
Bjarne Bø ...
Kari Diesen ...
Einar Vaage ...
Henki Kolstad ...
Joachim Holst-Jensen
Edvard Drabløs ...
Arvid Nilssen ...
Grace Grung
Nils Hald
Sverre Hansen
Turid Haaland


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This movie remained almost unseen for 57 years. It was based on a real double murder in 1926, but when the film was set to premiere in 1950 one of the murderers, having served a full sentence, went to court to have the film stopped. In 1954, the Norwegian Supreme Court banned the film. Since then, only a few people have seen the film. However, as of January 31st, 2007, the film will be available to the public. A legal panel reviewed the film and found that it no longer interferes with any persons right of privacy as all those involved has since passed away. Also, the legal panel noted that had the same case gone to trail today, the outcome would most likely have differed, with freedom of speech outweighing the right to privacy. See more »

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Manhunt for rugged Peter Lindgren and 17-year old Ivar Svendsen
6 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"To mistenkelige personer" (1950) is an excellent black and white Norwegian film noir based on a true story. It's a pursuit story, and has numerous outdoor scenes through beautiful but rugged terrain: forests, snowy hills, streams, rocks, and steep ice-covered cliffs.

Within the pursuit, we come to know the three main characters. They are the man (Peter Lindgren), the boy (Ivar Svendsen) and Lindgren's woman (Britta Lech-Hanssen) by whom he has a fine 1-year old son. Lindgren's character is very interesting. He has been selling stolen goods to the same people who are hunting him after two sheriffs are murdered. The boy has joined him and he, ordinarily a loner, has taken him in. He has the desire for a human legacy, a protégé, stemming from ill-treatment from his own father. Lindgren is a man inured to outdoor hardship, kind to his woman whom he took by force, but hateful and contemptuous of ordinary men whom he calls "hillbillies" (in the subtitle translation). He gets his way by force of his intense and intimidating character and the readiness to impose violence. Alienation of a certain sort is at the core of this man's being.

The outdoor photography makes outstanding use of natural lighting, choosing times of day like twilight and setups within dark forests that create beautiful contrasts; and probably the cinematographer chose appropriate lenses to create the outdoor look. I've seen the same kind of look in Finnish and Swedish movies, and I find it very compelling. It's a dreamier and fuzzier look than any high-contrast. There may occur mists that are augmented by man-made lighting. Toward the end, the pursuit comes into snow and ice-covered terrain and cliffs. Again, the director and cinematographer chose excellent framing for effect. There could be a gray curvy road, a dark and rather small hunted figure seen against a hill spotted with snow and dark evergreens. There could be a rocky snow-covered foreground and a large figure against a tree-lined horizon under a cloudy and darkened sky.

The indoor scenes are lit in shadowy ways, but not in the Hollywood noir style of the time. There is a tendency to use central lighting and allow darker edges, creating a framing effect. The direction (by Tancred Ibsen) and cinematography (by Finn Bergan and Kåre Bergstrøm) have created one excellent frame after another. They can be fully appreciated by looking at them singly.

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