Captures many elements from the comic, but should possibly be viewed more on its own terms
When the play "ARNE ANKA: EN AFTON PÅ ZEKES" premiered in 1996, Arne Anka had been declared dead as a comic strip character since a few months back. However, by this time Charlie Christensen's (a.k.a. Alexander Barks) creation had reached status as quite a cult phenomenon, so the play must have been received with much anticipation and enthusiasm, so much so that it was filmed and subsequently released on video-tape. Starring Robert Gustafsson as Arne, the play did capture some of the mood of the strip; Gustafsson and the rest of the cast fit their roles well, and the slightly surreal edge known from the strip is often present (one example being the appearance of Hitler for a few brief moments). At the same time, however, the effect which the anthropomorphic characters have on the humor and satire in the comic strip seems to be somewhat emphasized with this play. Arne Anka may be no real "duck" but the visual depiction of him as such adds an additional layer to his character which is hard to capture in a stage play. Because of this, I suppose the play would benefit from being viewed on its own terms. I did enjoy it (having seen it on tape), but will not revisit it as I do with Christensen's often so brilliant comic. (This review has later been revised and updated)
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