“Anna, a young girl from a poor but honest household, is offered an attractive position as a lady’s companion in London. Her childhood friend is worried, but she goes anyway. To Anna’s horror, the distinguished house turns out to be a brothel, but she manages to overpower her first customer. A helpful maid smuggles out a letter to her parents, and they alert the League for the Suppression of the White Slave Traffic. The childhood friend travels to England and hires a detective. Together, they find the brothel and Anna. They arrange her escape. Anna lowers herself down from her window, but after an automobile chase, the slavers overpower her liberators and abduct her again. Continue reading
Filled with easy money, fast cars and beautiful women, Frank’s life as a drug dealer is perfect until the police catch him en route to deliver a large bag of heroin. Just before he is arrested, Frank dumps the smack into a lake. But even though the police release him, his troubles are not over, for now the buyer demands his money back. He gives Frank, who already spent the cash, a few days to return it. If the pusher fails, he will be killed. Thus begins Frank’s violent odyssey through the underbelly of Copenhagen to find the money he needs to save his life. Continue reading
The emotions a married couple can undergo in one day can range from frustration to passionate love. This is true for Danish newlyweds Bruno and Maxine who have just moved into a stylish apartment in Copenhagen. A while later it is clear that Bruno’s love for Maxine is stronger than hers is for him. In fact, his love for Maxine is more like an obsession. He yearns to literary crawl under her skin. After some rough sex games, and as bodily fluids begin to mix, something starts to transform Bruno and his primitive instincts take over. This beast-like transformation intensifies rapidly after he discovers Maxine is having an affair. Director Christoffer Boe has described »Beast« as a cocktail of »Who’s afraid of Virginia Wolf?« and »Alien«, in which love, hate, blood and possessed bodies are the main ingredients. Actor Nicolas Bro, playing Bruno, has collaborated with Boe six times previously. He is a powerhouse in this film, giving an intense performance as the let down husband with a severe case of blood thirst. ~ Stockholmfilmfestival Continue reading
Starting as a documentary on the sexually liberated culture of late-Sixties Denmark, Sexual Freedom in Denmark winds up incorporating major elements of the marriage manual form and even manages to squeeze in a montage of beaver loops and erotic art. All narrated with earnest pronouncements concerning the social and psychological benefits of sexual liberation. Tame by the standards of 1971, when hardcore loops and features would begin to flood certain metropolitan markets, the film was shocking enough in 1970 to instigate media attention and long lines at the box office. Continue reading
An adaptation of Christian Kampmann’s four novels about the two decades from 1954 to 1974 as experienced by the five sons and daughters of the Gregersen family. Continue reading
“Silk Road might be the film that Tarkovskij dreamt of making just before his death.”
“In Denmark at least two directors rise above the commercial mainstream cinema. Lars von Trier is world famous, but veteran filmmaker Jytte Rex (born 1942) is little known, even in Denmark, although her recent feature film Silk Road (2004) is probably the most original Danish film since Triers Breaking the Waves (1996).”
“Jytte Rex was making “dogma films” 25 years before Trier launched the concept…”
REVIEW by metalluk (from epinions.com):
Plot Details: Pelle The Conqueror (1987) ranks among the most critically acclaimed non-English language films of the past twenty-five years. It won the prestigious Grand Prix at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival as well as the 1988 Academy Award in the Best Foreign Film category. It is also the most commercially successful Danish film ever made. Small wonder! It is an intelligently made art work featuring magnificent photography and quietly restrained storytelling.
There is also a wonderful bit of irony in the casting of this film. The title character, Pelle, is played by Pelle Hvenegaard. While this is certainly not the first time that an actor or actress has had the same given name as the character they play, what’s special in this instance is that Pelle Hvenegaard was named after the character Pelle in the novel on which this film was later based. Thus, Pelle Hvenegaard plays his namesake in this movie.