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Edvard Munch () TV Movie

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Positing itself as a live documentary filmed between 1884-1894, director Peter Watkins' experimental biography of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch(played by Geir Westby) is an angst-ridden glimpse into the traumatic political and social conditions that birthed Munch's invention of Expressionism. Tracing Munch's rise to infamy, the film begins in Victorian-era Christiania (Oslo), where Munch spent his formative years with a family plagued by disease...

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Date User Score
Oct 09 hyrras hyrras
85T8
Jun 02 jamgoodman jamgoodman
80T10
Very well shot and thought out. Each character displays a particularly vivid account of the person they represent. The use of light and the bleak colour palette display a washed out and depressing view of the era, while still posing interesting questions. Criticisms are that it's slightly too long and slow at times. Also, it seems slightly overrated by the few that have given it a ranking.
May 28 phil_ii phil-
82T9
May 10 albajos
80T9
May 06 Claudio Claudio
62T5
May 01 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
81T10
Apr 09 ICMforum
40T1
Feb 25 zoPZ_ii zoPZ!
95T10
At once clinical documentary analysis that contextualises Munch's life and art, and engrossing dramatic portrayal of the same. Full of life, intensely emotional, and formally dazzling, this is just a goddamn masterpiece. Three and a half hours, but there's never a dull moment. There is a pronounced methodological component, quite academic really, that is very much a product of its' time, but that doesn't hurt.
Feb 19 Nroo Nroo
87T10
Dec 29, 2016 laika laika
85T9
Dec 20, 2016 mingliang
90T10
Dec 07, 2016 Hennimore
78T9
Dec 01, 2016 nunobar
90T9
Nov 15, 2016 jerrywarton
81T10
Nov 07, 2016 average50
81T10
Sep 19, 2016 crititv crititv
84T10
Aug 21, 2016 giska giska
53T6
Aug 18, 2016 thirdeye42
90T10
Jun 30, 2016 bal3x bal3x
60T5
Jun 21, 2016 botez
100T10
Jun 07, 2016 letterboxdvo letterboxdvo
42T10
Apr 20, 2016 ExcessStarch
85T10
Apr 08, 2016 Mencius
80T6
Jan 13, 2016 Nacho353
70T9
Feb 22, 2016 scottmcc scott.mcc
90T10
Feb 02, 2016 kennardjon
82T9
Jan 14, 2016 dead_man dead man
93T10
Jan 10, 2016 Oktay Oktay
85T9
Dec 31, 2015 Metropolitan Metropolitan
75T6
Dec 15, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
44T10
Dec 15, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
74T9
Dec 09, 2015 GLADos
91T10
Dec 02, 2015 rTrueFilm r/TrueFilm
90T8
Dec 02, 2015 andrev
80T7
Nov 14, 2015 elimpe
85T10
Nov 02, 2015 danieldebem danieldebem
79T6
Oct 22, 2015 ITBSPodcast ITBSPodcast
100T6
"But he lingers on those criticisms quite a bit." http://illusionpodcast.blogspot.com/2014/10/episode-32-peter-watkins-edvard-munch.html
Oct 16, 2015 Niska Niska
77T10
Oct 05, 2015 RavynLoony RavynLoony
77T9
Oct 01, 2015 acrolyne acrolyne
45T2
Sep 14, 2015 cayh
90T9
Sep 08, 2015 matty5190 matty5190
89T9
Aug 19, 2015 strangelime
90T8
Aug 11, 2015 karamazov karamazov.
53T7
There is a sense both of contextualizing, placing the subject in his milieu, via very ambitious editing [by Watkins himself], and of tactility-- of texture, surfaces: the fibers of a canvas, the smoothness of a lithography plate, contours of a woodcut block. The grainy, textured photography can look on occasion amateurish, and sometimes painterly. I must say, though, I prefer the opposite face of the coin, which reveals its subject by way of anachronism: viz. Jarman's "Caravaggio" [1986].
Jul 21, 2015 epickikko
70T5
Jul 19, 2015 syenigun syenigun
56T8
Jun 18, 2015 Dumbwill Dumbwill
100T10
Apr 06, 2015 loosecanons loosecanons
14T10
Mar 08, 2015 Kokolo
77T5
Feb 18, 2015 marcelvidal marcelvidal
100T10
Feb 01, 2015 kharms2
50T3
Jan 18, 2015 petcor80
95T10
Jan 08, 2015 Clepsydra Clepsydra
50T9
Nov 26, 2014 ComradeSolar ComradeSolar
85T10
Nov 17, 2014 gargantua gargantua
80T9
Nov 15, 2014 shhandlisten storyoftheye
85T8
Oct 23, 2014 sbirko
91T10
Oct 11, 2014 Hallogallo Hallogallo
9T10
Sep 02, 2014 genecal
62T9
Aug 27, 2014 Mr_Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk
100T6
Aug 18, 2014 SickForay SickForay
84T9
Aug 03, 2014 jackinthebox jackinthebox
100T10
Jul 21, 2014 Mateusz
60T5
Jul 20, 2014 closedmouth closedmouth
90T9
Jul 06, 2014 BowieMeawie BowieMeawie
82T7
Jun 23, 2014 Groooan
50T10
Feb 22, 2014 lightmyfire lightmyfire
86T6
Feb 18, 2014 PaulSandell
50T4
Feb 10, 2014 jeffv jeff_v
78T9
Jan 11, 2014 MMAlpha MMAlpha
100T10
Jan 11, 2014 Raf Raf
55T6
Jan 01, 2014 Svengali Svengali
71T7
Dec 05, 2013 Sinemaestro Amadeus
71T6
Dec 04, 2013 HansLucas Hans_Lucas
85T8
Dec 01, 2013 joachimt joachimt
80T9
Nov 27, 2013 HVM
60T4
Oct 23, 2013 Auke Briek
70T6
Sep 02, 2013 GrimsChild GrimsChild
85T10
Aug 30, 2013 Barkinson
80T10
Aug 05, 2013 JM1138
83T10
Aug 04, 2013 syvyys syvyys
87T8
Jul 21, 2013 vandenio vandenio
99T10
Jun 27, 2013 mallamp
90T10
May 01, 2013 Eliecer
100
Apr 22, 2013 gretchenby gretchen_by
0T3
Apr 08, 2013 honeycuttwc
100T10
Mar 23, 2013 Jos Jos
88T9
Mar 18, 2013 Cronos
30T2
Mar 14, 2013 funkybusnss funkybusnss
87T9
Feb 28, 2013 Joanita Joanita
98T10
Feb 19, 2013 Aron_Ericson Aron Ericson
78T9
Feb 17, 2013 bof bof
77T8
Great expansion on the normal biopic format, putting everything in a historical context, letting the characters break continuity to speak directly to the audience, with Munch more as an observer and reflector than actual protagonist in the centre... A bit overlong, though.
Feb 15, 2013 zamanzaman zamanzaman
87T10
Feb 05, 2013 mightysparks mightysparks
45T3
Feb 04, 2013 yesistasty yesistasty
95T9
I loved the concept, and the subject matter was for the most part handled exactly as I would have wanted. I felt at times that the film had the tendency to spin in circles at moments, but I suppose that was supposed to be our insight into Munch's subjective experience.
Jan 20, 2013 DinnyPregs
97T10
Nov 27, 2012 rublyov
98T10
Sep 09, 2012 felpola felipetschuk
80T9
Aug 20, 2012 mjf333 mjf333
90T10
Aug 20, 2012 willow
89T9
Jul 09, 2012 Cheesyhoboe
90T10
Jul 03, 2012 ludymylla ludymylla
97T10
Jun 24, 2012 SmooveJ SmooveJ
96T10
May 31, 2012 debaser1985
63T3
May 26, 2012 e-ball
89T10
May 25, 2012 ears550 elixir
86T10
Apr 06, 2012 pvelentz
60T2
Apr 04, 2012 snallygaster snallygaster
77T9
I don't know much about Munch himself, but what I really like about this film is how it shows the development of an artist in his world -- how the environment, circumstances of history, spirit of the age, all interact together with the individual's own personal relationships, psychological makeup & artistic drive.
Mar 11, 2012 witam witam
85T9
Feb 28, 2012 Not_Yuman Not Yuman
60T6
Feb 16, 2012 LeafyBoi88
55T3
Feb 11, 2012 MRobitussin M.Robitussin
95T9
one of the best biopics ever, watkins finds a totally unique style and tone.
Feb 02, 2012 bhpnelson
98T10
Jan 23, 2012 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
87T9
Watkins' technique of using a documentary style proves to be an excellent method for a biopic. Through narration, interviews and recreations we get an astonishingly complete portrait of the man. I feel quite educated about him and his work, and without ever having been overwhelmed by the information. Poetic touches like quick, repeated flashbacks to childhood traumas or lost loves. A superb, engaging and sometimes beautiful film, easily my favorite by Watkins so far.
Jan 21, 2012 Magmadiver Magmadiver
94T10
Jan 05, 2012 ColonelTigh
95T9
Jan 05, 2012 FlixR8r FlixR8r
78T9
Jan 02, 2012 pyninja
100T6
Dec 27, 2011 Lone_Wolf miller
10T10
Nov 22, 2011 P_Lemgruber burmashave
99T10
Sep 19, 2011 dtortum
100T10
Peter Watkins sinemayi degistirmis haberimiz yok. Dokumenter kamera yabanciligini yitirdikce biyolojik goze donusuyor ve zaman ve mekan hafiza araciligiyla Munch'un opusen insanlarinin suratlari gibi birbirine kayniyor (Tarkovski solda sifir kalir). Hem zeki, hem politik, hem de sanat pesinde kosan filmlerden cok daha sanatsal.
Sep 14, 2011 alexlma alexlma
8T8
Sep 12, 2011 Exidor
90T10
Aug 15, 2011 sellis
98T10
Aug 04, 2011 JohnSandwich JohnSandwich
90T10
Demanding, but brilliant.
Jun 15, 2011 popolinka Thegoodboy
82T10
May 29, 2011 Gurrkin Gurrkin ()
81T9
May 22, 2011 rant1229 rant1229
5T9
Apr 29, 2011 FallFoliage
75T9
Apr 08, 2011 Lalus Lalus
86T10
Apr 07, 2011 Laelia Laelia
100T10
Mar 28, 2011 IL I.L.
97T10
Mar 18, 2011 anhonestmess
100T10
Jan 18, 2011 Coheed
100T10
It requires your patience, but this very different take on the artist biopic by Peter Watkins is both one of the only films to successfully convey crafting a work of art of any type, and is one of the tentpoles of his filmography, using his traditional meta documentary style combined with period scenes, and shifts into the past and future through rapid editing, that successfully works.
Jan 10, 2011 Neonman Neonman
73T5
The clever-clever approach to portraying this story is original, but raises a barricade against any engagement we can have with any of the characters, namely the title one. But what keeps one watching this very long saga is the massive wealth of information on Munch's art-work and the best possible explanations as to why he created them and what or who inspired him.
Dec 29, 2010 Adrien Adrien
4T9
Nov 25, 2010 SlantMag SlantMag
35T10
"Edvard Munch, in Watkin's subjective documentary setting, is one of the penultimate cultural crusaders, a relic of a dying era in which individualism could, apparently, still conceivably be intuitive and not reactionary." - Eric Henderson
Nov 23, 2010 ehrenkm
80T7
Oct 10, 2010 Risselada Risselada
75T7
Oct 08, 2010 catfacer catfacer
96T10
Sep 30, 2010 JerryJ JerryJ
100T10
Sep 27, 2010 Al Chambers
94T10
Aug 16, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
80T10
Jul 20, 2010 JooJoo JooJoo
7T10
Absolutely jaw-dropping in its treatment of the man, his work, environment, and the technique in which the filmmaker conveys this all. I cannot get these uncomfortable, despondent stares out of my mind. The editing is especially phenomenal.
Jun 26, 2010 drone drone
95T10
Jun 05, 2010 ehk2 ehk2
60T8
Jan 29, 2010 onetwothree
80T10
Dec 02, 2009 cinebaixar
95T10
Nov 20, 2009 col. dax
100T10
Nov 16, 2009 Stain Stain
90T9
Much better than usual for a TV biopic. Munch did original, bizarre paintings, so, fittingly, Watkins has made an original, bizarre biography of him. Between the usage of Munch's own diaries, the nonprofessional cast, and the frequent addressing of the camera by the supporting players as if they were being interviewed, it feels like Watkins and his crew travelled back in time to 19th-century Norway, somehow explained to a terrified Munch and family who they were, and filmed a documentary there
Nov 11, 2009 kyleloomis kyle.loomis
9T10
Oct 11, 2009 lyrradsemaj lyrradsemaj
88T10
Oct 03, 2009 winds winds
7T10
Sep 25, 2009 Renoir
89T9
Sep 20, 2009 undinum undinum
95T10
Sep 12, 2009 kamn
92T10
Sep 10, 2009 cloak cloak
88T10
Sep 09, 2009 negative
3T8
Aug 22, 2009 jewellrunner jewellrunner
83T9
Aug 14, 2009 NilbogSavant NilbogSavant
99T10
Aug 05, 2009 kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
70T8
Aug 02, 2009 RoboScreech RoboScreech
95T10
Aug 02, 2009 FancyClown FancyClown
80T8
May 19, 2009 Veterini Veterini
83T9
May 07, 2009 Johnny_Case Johnny Case
81T10
Apr 29, 2009 KAH KAH
4T10
Feb 28, 2009 keithbreese keithbreese
80T9
"...images of sensuality captured like birth on film."
Jan 23, 2009 Speik
79T5
Dec 15, 2008 imdb imdb
81T10
Nov 22, 2008 sidehacker sidehacker
70T6
Nov 14, 2008 CoinQuatro CoinQuatro
100T10
If you want to shut up some of these elitist snobs who don't consider cinema to be a legitimate form of artistic expression and philosophical inquiry, make them watch this one.
Nov 12, 2008 hehejaja hehejaja
90T10
Wow, what an impassioned film! Distinctly inquisitive and presumptuously impulsive yet seemingly carefully structured... Sometimes there's as if Watkins seeks to "imitate" (or at least follow up on) Munch's distinctive, impressionistic sensibility, the frames becoming somewhat blurry and painterly at times, entrapping a withdrawn Munch (stirring somewhat nervously into the camera) in a foggy and somehow mystical landscape.
Nov 06, 2008 coltrane
7T10
Oct 28, 2008 Badering Badering
96T10
Oct 17, 2008 columbiatch columbiatch
94T10
Sep 22, 2008 redmdb redmdb
68T1
Aug 18, 2008 flowing flowing
21T1
Jul 02, 2008 purity
2T6
Jun 13, 2008 JakeAesthete JakeAesthete
98T10
Utterly kaleidescopic in the denseness of it's editing, enough to make even Nicholas Roeg blush. More of a Terrence Malick film than Malick himself was making in the '70s.
Apr 26, 2008 PimpPanda
95T9
Jan 11, 2008 wabrit
98T10
Dec 11, 2007 welike
40T9
Aug 13, 2007 Magb Magb
80T7
Unusual and original biopic about the great expressionistic painter Edvard Munch and his trials and tribulations. The non-actor cast members do a better job with the parts that are supposed to be a documentary, and not quite as well with the more dramatized parts. Although the movie justified its nearly 3 hours of runtime well, the pacing sometimes felt a bit off.
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