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Until the Light Takes Us (2008)

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Interviews and news footage explore the rise of black metal music in Norway in the 1990s, including artists who were involved in suicide, murder and arson.
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Cast overview:
Fenriz ...
Himself - Darkthrone (as Gylve 'Fenris' Nagell)
Varg Vikernes ...
Himself - Burzum (as Varg 'Count Grishnackh' Vikernes)
Øystein Aarseth ...
Himself - Mayhem (archive footage) (as Øystein 'Euronymous' Aarseth)
Hellhammer ...
Himself - Mayhem (as Jan Axel 'Hellhammer' Blomberg)
Per Ohlin ...
Himself - Mayhem (archive footage) (as Per 'Dead' Ohlin)
Olve Eikemo ...
Himself - Immortal (as Olve 'Abbath' Eikemo)
Harald Nævdal ...
Himself - Immortal (as Harald 'Demonaz' Nævdal)
Bjarne Melgaard ...
Himself - Visual Artist
Bård Eithun ...
Himself - Emperor (as Bård 'Faust' Eithun)
Kristoffer Rygg ...
Himself - Ulver (as Kristoffer 'Garm' Rygg)
Frost ...
Himself - Satyricon (as Kjetil 'Frost' Haraldstad)
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Himself - Filmmaker
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Chronicles the history, ideology and aesthetic of Norwegian black metal - a musical subculture infamous as much for a series of murders and church arsons as it is for its unique musical and visual aesthetics. This is the first (and only) film to truly shed light on a movement that has heretofore been shrouded in darkness and rumor and obscured by inaccurate and shallow depictions. Featuring exclusive interviews and verité with the musicians, a wealth of rare, seldom seen footage from the "Inner Circle"s earliest days, Until the Light Takes Us explores every aspect of the controversial movement that has captured the attention of the world. This is the movie that gets inside the minds and hearts of black metal's musicians. The filmmakers moved to Norway, living and filming there for two years. The movie is not about them though - it's about the extraordinary people and events that make black metal unique, unforgettable, and inevitable. This is black metal as seen through the eyes of ... Written by Audrey Ewell

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Music. Arson. Murder. Art. Black Metal.

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12 August 2010 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Mehri to fos na mas kerdisei  »

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Opening Weekend:

$7,246 (USA) (4 December 2009)

Gross:

$119,601 (USA) (26 March 2010)
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Fenriz: Part of me wishes this whole thing hadn't become a trend, but, you know, people like to dress up.
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More complex than cartoon Satanstists
7 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although I'm not what you'd call a big fan of the music scene at the core of this film - I don't own a single one of the records - I've been aware of bits & pieces of the story over the years and had enough of a casual interest to catch a screening of the documentary at an AFI screening.

I was happily surprised by a few general aspects of the film - the general good film quality, the unlabored presentation of the characters, and also the unexpected soundtrack. As another reviewer says: "the music for this movie was very appropriate ... a mix of black metal and ambient music, making the movie very easy to watch while still putting you within the dark atmosphere." I'll add that this ambient music helped make the metal segments seem all the more heavy-hitting and abrasive. A wise choice.

It's refreshing, as in case of Until the Light Takes Us, when a documentary doesn't judge it's subjects, especially when the urge to justify their approach (aka cover their ass) must have been present. The viewer benefits most from this in the interesting present-day clips of Fenriz and Varg Vikernes (Burzum) and the unforced comparison of the two and the time they are given the time to reveal themselves, both good and bad (and very bad) through their own words and ideas.

Although this doc is unmistakably about a metal scene, it's also got a wealth of insight to the power of the entertainment news media to re-define the reality in ways they're irresponsibly probably not even aware of.


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