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Lake of the Dead (1958)

De dødes tjern (original title)
A group of friends travel to a cabin in the Norwegian forest. It's a rumor that at night a crazy man can be heard screaming at a lake nearby the cabin.

Director:

Kåre Bergstrøm

Writers:

Kåre Bergstrøm, André Bjerke (novel) (as Bernhard Borge)
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Cast

Credited cast:
André Bjerke André Bjerke ... Gabriel Mørk - Writer
Bjørg Engh Bjørg Engh ... Sonja - Bernhard's Wife
Henki Kolstad Henki Kolstad ... Bernhard Borge - Crime Writer
Per Lillo-Stenberg Per Lillo-Stenberg ... Bjørn Werner - Liljan's Brother
Erling Lindahl Erling Lindahl ... Kai Bugge - Psychologist
Henny Moan Henny Moan ... Liljan Werner
Georg Richter Georg Richter ... Harald Gran
Leif Sommerstad Leif Sommerstad ... Tore Gråvik - the Ghost
Inger Teien Inger Teien ... Eva - Bjørn's Girlfriend
Øyvind Øyen Øyvind Øyen ... Bråten - Policeman
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A group of friends travel to a cabin in the Norwegian forest. It's a rumor that at night a crazy man can be heard screaming at a lake nearby the cabin.

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Country:

Norway

Language:

Norwegian

Release Date:

17 December 1958 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Lake of the Dead See more »

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Norsk Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Contains the most famous scene in Norwegian movie industry, when Lillian walks towards the lake and tries to drown herself in the water. See more »

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Dødes tjern,de
29 August 2006 | by lyn-krSee all my reviews

Dødes tjern,de is considered to be a Norwegian classic. It tells the story of a group of young people staying in an isolated cabin situated in a forest. I have seen this film more than once as it is a regular on Norwegian TV. Its fun in a way to watch Norwegian movies. Not too may are made and the ones that are, are usually very bad. This one is an exception. The story in itself is quite good, but as usual, to anyone not Norwegian it is an amateur attempt at film making. Norwegians do not have film actors, only theater actors, something that is obvious when watching the film. The actors overact, the camera lingers much too long on certain shots and the dialog is spoken in a way no Norwegian would speak. In spite of this criticism one cannot help but be intrigued by its ghostly story. Each time I have watched it I am in turn embarrassed that we cannot make a better film from a good manuscript, and the enjoyment I get from laughing at the exaggerated character acting. Perhaps my criticisms will not be so obvious to a non Norwegian as they'll be to busy reading the subtitles to notice the aforementioned faults. I make no excuses for it being made in 1958. Casablanca was made long before and it is as watchable today as it was when it was made.I'd love to see this film remade today by an American studio. It could be a box office success.


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