Edvard Munch

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  • Directors: Peter Watkins
    Format: PAL
    Language: German, English, Norwegian
    Subtitles: English
    Region: Region 2 (UK & Europe)
    Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    Number of discs: 1
    Classification: PG

    Studio: Eureka Entertainment Ltd
    DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2007
    Run Time: 211 minutes

Edvard Munch

Peter Watkins, 1974

Famously described by the late Ingmar Bergman as “a work of genius”, Peter Watkins’ multi-faceted masterwork is more than just a biopic of the iconic Norwegian Expressionist painter, it is one of the best films ever made about the artistic process. Focusing initially on Munch’s formative years in late 19th century Kristiania (now Oslo), Watkins uses his trademark style to create a vivid picture of the emotional, political, and social upheavals that would have such an effect on his art.

The young artist (Geir Westby) has an affair with “Mrs. Heiberg” (Gro Fraas), a devastating experience that will haunt him for the rest of his life. His work is viciously attacked by critics and public alike and he is forced to leave his home country for Berlin, where, along with the notorious Swedish playwright August Strindberg, he becomes part of the cultural storm that is to sweep Europe.

There have been countless film biographies of famous artists, but only a handful can be considered major works in their own right. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Watkins’ extended 221-minute version, originally made for television.

Trivia on Edvard Munch

Munch was born on 12 December 1863 and was the second of five children. His mother died from tuberculosis when he was five years old., and the children were brought up by their mother's sister. His father, a doctor in the army medical corps, was deeply religious and reacted to his wife's death by retreating into seclusion and allowing his beliefs to take on a frightening intensity. Munch later told his own doctor: 'I learned early about the misery and dangers of life, and about the aterlife, about the eternal punishment which awaited the children of sin in Hell.' The death of his older sister Sophie, again from tuberculosis, made a profound impression on the fourteen-year-old Edvard, increasing his sense of insecurity with regard to his own fragile health.

The Sick Child was shown in the autumn exhibition in Kristiania in 1886 under the title 'Study'.

Munch made a short visit to Paris in 1886.

His friendship with the Danish poet Emanuel Goldstein introduced him to French decadent and Symbolist poetry.

Between 1889 and 1892, with thr help of governmrnt grants, he was able to spend a large part of each year absorbing current French artistic developments.

Knew the work of Paul Gauguin.

Knew the work of Vincent van Gogh.

Knew the work of Odilon Redon

Father died suddenly in November 1889.

  • Director-approved high-definition restoration of the long version
  • Newly translated optional English subtitles
  • Optional SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • 80-PAGE BOOK with a Peter Watkins self-interview, writing by Joseph Gomez, a Munch timeline, and numerous artworks

    Norway / Sweden | 211 min.
    1.33:1 OAR


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