Director: Jan Troell Cast: Max von Sydow, Harald Brenna, Jesper Christensen

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This powerful Scandinavian biopic chronicles the fall of one of Norway's most respected authors, Knut Hamsun (played by Max von Sydow in one of his most acclaimed performances) who up until WWII was considered one of the greatest Norwegians of the 20th century. At the dawn of the war, the Nobel Prize winning author shocked his countrymen by publicly siding with the Nazis. His wife Marie took it a step further and went to Germany to give lectures. Following the war, both were convicted and branded as traitors. Hamsun attempts to answer the questions surrounding the author and his wife's treachery. By the time the war erupted, Hamsun was an elderly curmudgeon who could barely hear. A profoundly lonely man with hatred of British Imperialism, he was an easy target for Nazi propaganda. His wife Marie, who in Norway is still more vilified than her husband, also had her reasons to support the German party, but while though-provoking, they don't invite much sympathy.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/23/2006
UPC: 0720229912129
Original Release: 1996
Rating: NR
Source: First Run Features
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:34:00
Sales rank: 77,485

Special Features

Photo gallery; Cast/crew biographies; Knut Hamsun biography; WWII Film Collection preview

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Max von Sydow Knut Hamsun
Harald Brenna Steersman
Jesper Christensen Otto Dietrich
Michael Christensen Farm hand
Per Christensen Publisher's editor
Eindride Eidsvold Tore Hamsun
Garb B. Eidsvold Arild Hamsun
Nina Englund Nurse 2
Svein Gundersen Chauffeur
Ernst Jacobi Adolf Hitler
Per Jansen Harald Grieg
Sverre Anker Ousdal Vidkun Quisling
Frode Rasmussen Meeting leader
Finn Schau Doctor
Edgar Selge Terboven
Gro Solemdal Noerholm's cook
Eva von Hanno Nurse
Ghita Nørby Marie Hamsun

Technical Credits
Jan Troell Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Screenwriter
Michael Christensen Producer
Lotte Dandanell Costumes/Costume Designer
Mischa Gavrjusjov Cinematographer
Karl Juliusson Production Designer
Johan Kindahl Makeup
Lars Kolvig Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hamsun
1. Introduction [4:44]
2. Norholm 1935 [6:07]
3. Knut & Marie [4:44]
4. Herr Quisling [5:45]
5. German Booksellers' Award [4:21]
6. April 7, 1940 [14:07]
7. Herr Reichskommissar [4:22]
8. 1942 [14:05]
9. Two From Grimstad [8:14]
10. Herr Hitler [16:34]
11. April 1945 [25:07]
12. Marie's Betrayal [14:17]
13. Knut's Trial [12:25]
14. Marie's Exile [1:02]
15. On Overgrown Paths [6:08]
16. After 40 Years [7:50]
17. Credits [2:35]

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