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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 »

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Complete credited cast:
... Pontus
... Ylajali
Birgitte Federspiel ... Her sister
Knud Rex ... Landlord
Hans W. Petersen ... Grocer
Henki Kolstad ... Editor
Roy Bjørnstad ... Konstantin
Sverre Hansen ... Painter
Pål Skjønberg ... Constable
Else Heiberg ... Landlady
Lise Fjeldstad ... Little girl
Carl Ottosen ... Sailor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bjarne Andersen
Wilfred Breistrand
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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An adaptation from Nobel Prize winner Knut Hamsun's 'Sult'. See more »

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Pontus: I shall remember you.
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Great Film about a Great Book

This, difficult to find film, merits close examination under the eyes of any reader of modernist literature. Written by Knut Hamsun and based entirely on his experiences of suffering, moral degradation, starvation and humiliation at the hands of the bourgeoisie of Oslo (Kristiana) whose petty values were mired in mockery, snobbish class attitudes and haughtiness, truly explores the conscious soul of a writer. The director uses subtle techniques to introduce us to the Oslo of Hamsun's time, replete with arrogant shop owners, horse carriages and stupid followers of the Christian religion. For most of the film, the lead actor, played wonderfully by Per Oscarsson, who is still alive and making films at the age of 77, suffers starvation and yet he is truly determined to live his "miserable existence" in the realm of human absurdity. A gorgeous piece of art and redeemable film whose magnetic images are still important today.


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