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Hunger (1966)

Sult (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 12 August 1968 (USA)
In 1890, Pontus, the starving writer, wanders the streets of Christiania, in search of love and a chance to get his work published. All he meets is defeat and suffering while his sense of ... See full summary »

Director:

Henning Carlsen

Writers:

Henning Carlsen, Knut Hamsun (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Per Oscarsson ... Pontus
Gunnel Lindblom ... Ylajali
Birgitte Federspiel ... Her sister
Knud Rex Knud Rex ... Landlord
Hans W. Petersen Hans W. Petersen ... Grocer
Henki Kolstad Henki Kolstad ... Editor
Roy Bjørnstad Roy Bjørnstad ... Konstantin
Sverre Hansen Sverre Hansen ... Painter
Pål Skjønberg Pål Skjønberg ... Constable
Else Heiberg Else Heiberg ... Landlady
Lise Fjeldstad Lise Fjeldstad ... Little girl
Carl Ottosen Carl Ottosen ... Sailor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bjarne Andersen Bjarne Andersen
Wilfred Breistrand Wilfred Breistrand
Osvald Helmuth Osvald Helmuth ... Pawnbroker
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In 1890, Pontus, the starving writer, wanders the streets of Christiania, in search of love and a chance to get his work published. All he meets is defeat and suffering while his sense of reality is withering. One moment his is delighted and the next he curses everybody. All the time he manages to maintain human dignity and pride. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Country:

Denmark | Norway | Sweden

Language:

Danish | Swedish | Norwegian

Release Date:

12 August 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Oslo, Norway

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Director Henning Carlsen was very fond of Hamsun's work and brought to the screen another one of his novels almost thirty years later ("Pan", 1995). See more »

Quotes

Pontus: [repeated line whenever he sees a guard] What time is it?
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Near Perfect Black And White
11 February 2009 | by valis1949See all my reviews

If you enjoy beautiful, Black and White films, HUNGER is one for you to enjoy. The film captures the look and feel of 1890 Oslo to perfection. According to the commentary, in 1966 this picturesque area of the city still existed, and the film was shot on location. Another compelling aspect of this film is the depiction of 'madness'. Per Oscarsson's portrayal really allows the viewer to inhabit his skewed paranoid world.

Dozens of films have demonstrated insanity caused by drugs, alcohol, and sexual obsession. However, in this movie the protagonist is pushed over the edge by sheer force of will.

His unyielding and rigid moral code will not allow him to take even the most reasonable course of action. The movie is bleak and somber, yet one is able to empathize with the character. In fact, the last scene in the film-the last expression on Pontus's face-leaves the viewer with a wide range of possible interpretations. Is the character embracing a new and hopeful turn of events, or is he under the spell of a new obsession?


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