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A Midsummer's Play (1979)
"Sanct Hansaften-spil" (original title)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  1979 (Denmark)
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Leth's television production of Sanct Hansaften-Spil by the Danish playwright Adam Oehlenshläger is an attempt to take the poetic play at face value and bring it to life in a series of ... See full summary »

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Flemming Enevold
Ole Ernst
Paul Hagen
Martin Hansen
Frits Helmuth
Erik Mørk ...
Finn Nielsen
Ghita Nørby
Per Pallesen
Kirsten Peüliche
Elin Reimer
Ove Sprogøe ...
Blind Man
Helle Merete Sørensen
Lily Weiding
Preben Lerdorff Rye
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Leth's television production of Sanct Hansaften-Spil by the Danish playwright Adam Oehlenshläger is an attempt to take the poetic play at face value and bring it to life in a series of tableaux with settings by Per Kirkeby and acted by a large number of celebrated actors and actresses. In other words, just as in the theatre, the attempt means making the words burst out of the narrow framework of the stage or tableau. Apart from the central romance between Maria and Ludvig, several of the images and tableaux from this TV production deserve praise for giving body and soul to Oehlenschäger's words in an enjoyable, moving way: Ghita Nørby and Per Pallesen as puppets, Ove Sprogøe as the blind man longing for his fiddle, and Erik Mørk as Death. The visuals are kept in warm colours or as bluish, murky sets emphasising the mystery of the woods. This is a multi-camera production typical of television with extensive use of dissolves. Within this technological framework at one point Leth does ... Written by Anonymous

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