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Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch

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1974 / 174min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: PETER WATKINS

CAST: GEIR WESTBY, GRO FRAAS, KERSTII ALLUM

Inspired by Munch’s personal diaries, Watkins’ biopic is a startlingly original exhumation of the artist’s life up until 1908—a delirium of frayed nerves, passionate resentments, and stray sexual frustrations—and his working process. A large scale production replete with period costumes and an expansive ensemble cast which nevertheless eschews traditional biopic tropes, Edvard Munch alternates between journalistic neutrality, Brechtian interviews, and an almost overwhelming emotional engagement with the subject. “A work of genius”—Ingmar Bergman.