Pelle the Conqueror
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- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 30, 2017
- Originally Released: 1987
- Label: Film Movement
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie
- New essay by Terrance Rafferty
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - Danish, Swedish
- PCM Stereo - Danish, Swedish
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Max Von Sydow|
|Directed by||Bille August|
|Edited by||Janus Billeskov-Jansen|
|Composition by||Stefan Nilsson|
|Director of Photography:||Jörgen Persson|
Academy Awards 1988 - Best Foreign Language Film
Cannes 1988 - Palme d'Or
...A vividly re-created, minutely detailed panorama....The Von Sydow performance is in a category by itself...
New York Times
Rating: 3/5 -- Director Bille August and ace Scandinavian cameraman Per Holst make the film a visual treat. Full Review
...Superbly shot, it boasts one of Max von Sydow's most moving performances...
Sight and Sound
Rating: 3/5 -- This is an often brutal tale which is boosted by a powerful performance from Von Sydow. Full Review
...PELLE finds small epiphanies for almost every character in its large cast...
The movie -- ravishingly photographed by Jorgen (Elvira Madigan) Persson -- dazzles with incident but fails to find the human focus to validate a lasting claim on the heart. Full Review
The film is a towering achievement, grueling in its portrayal of a harsh existence yet ultimately an exhilarating experience unlikely to be forgotten. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
PELLE THE CONQUEROR is based on the first of the four volumes of Martin Andersen Nexo's epic novel. Talented Danish director Bille August focuses on Pelle when he and Lasse find work at Stone Farm. After being humiliated by the farm's young trainee manager, Pelle is disappointed when Lasse does not stand up for him. Pelle admires Eric, an older immigrant who is not cowed by the farm manager and who dreams of going to America. He watches as an affair develops between Anna, an immigrant worker, and Nils, son of a local dignitary, and sees the affair's tragic outcome. Pelle's friend Rud fails his school exams, then runs away. Through Pelle, Mrs. Olsen, whose sailor husband is lost at sea, becomes interested in Lasse. Pelle observes the drinking of Mrs. Kongstrup, wife of the farm's owner, and the philandering of her husband. He sees Mrs. Kongstrup's niece, the lovely Sine, arrive and witnesses the disastrous consequences of her visit. At the center of these events is the striking young Pelle Hvenegaard. It is his face that August focuses on, his mind that is forming right onscreen, as Pelle observes and reacts and learns and, then, moves on alone.
Early-20th-century Denmark. A boat arrives in the morning mist. Among the hopeful immigrants from Sweden looking for work are Lasse Karlsson (Max von Sydow) and his son, Pelle. Lasse is a sad man: beaten down by life; struggling with the loss of his wife; wanting to stand up for his son but afraid of authority; and finding relief in the bottle. Max von Sydow received a well-deserved Oscar nomination for his fine performance as Lasse, but PELLE THE CONQUEROR is not his film--instead it belongs to the remarkable 12-year-old, Pelle Hvenegaard, who plays Pelle himself.
Adventure | Coming Of Age | Classic | Kids Adventure | Recommended | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema
- At the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, PELLE THE CONQUEROR won the Palme d'Or--the fesitival's top prize.
- PELLE THE CONQUEROR was the fourth film on which director Bille August and writer Bjarne Reuter collaborated. They were joined by Per Olov Enquist as they crafted their script from the first volume of Martin Andersen Nexo's four-volume epic novel, written between 1913 and 1916. In the remaining three volumes, Nexo relates how Pelle goes to Copenhagen and eventually becomes a militant labor leader.
- Sales Rank: 118,771
- UPC: 859686006147
- Shipping Weight: 0.23/lbs (approx)
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