Country: Sweden, Norway Year: 1974 Genre: Biography | Drama | Fantasy | History | Mystery Runtime: 3h 31mn Language: French | English | Norwegian | German | Swedish | Danish Subtitles: English (.srt) Director: Peter Watkins Cast: Geir Westby ... Edvard Munch Gro Fraas ... Fru Heiberg Kerstii Allum ... Sophie Munch - 1868 Eric Allum ... Edvard Munch - 1868 Susan Troldmyr ... Laura Munch - 1868 Ragnvald Caspari... Peter Andreas Munch - 1868 Katja Pedersen ... Inger Munch - 1868 Hjordis Ulriksen... Housemaid - 1868 Inger-Berit Oland... Sophie Munch - 1875 Amund Berge ... Edvard Munch - 1875 Camilla Falk ... Laura Munch - 1875 Erik Kristiansen... Peter Andreas Munch - 1875 Anne-Marie Daehli... Inger Munch - 1875 Johan Halsborg ... Dr. Christian Munch - 1884 Gro Jarto ... Laura Catherine Munch - 1884
Review/Summary Following a rough chronology from 1884 to 1894, when Norwegian artist Edvard Munch began expressionism and established himself as northern Europe's most maligned and controversial artist, the film also flashes back to the death from consumption of his mother, when he was five, his sister's death, and his near death at 13 from pulmonary disease. The film finds enduring significance in Munch's brief affair with "Mrs. Heiberg" and his participation in the café society of anarchist Hans Jaeger in Christiania and later in Berlin with Strindberg. Through it all comes Munch's melancholy and his desire to render on canvas, cardboard, paper, stone, and wood his innermost feelings.
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. - Eurekavideo
Technical Info: General Format : AVI File size : 4.40 GiB Duration : 3h 31mn Overall bit rate : 2 969 Kbps
Video Codec ID : XVID Bit rate : 2 770 Kbps Width : 672 pixels Height : 544 pixels Display aspect ratio : 5:4 Frame rate : 25.000 fps
Audio Format : AC-3 Bit rate mode : Constant Bit rate : 192 Kbps Channel(s) : 2 channels Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Sorry about the file size. Try cutting off the credits at the end (using VirtualDub - Tutorial here). You will most likely get a file size to fit a DVD5. This way, you don't have to mess with splitting the subtitles file.