Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:
The Producer’s theme for April is:
City Streets & Human Gesture.
April showers with diverse sun breaks is making our early Spring fecund & sparkling. Continuing with our unique theme for this month, after seeing ’71 at the Grand Cinema, & CITY LIGHTS this last Friday, we wrap up the interesting choices with a classic foreign film from 1966, HUNGER, aka SULT. They filmed it in Oslo, Norway, but was filmed as a Danish, Swedish, Norwegian production.
The film was written, directed, & edited by Henning Carlsen. He directed 23 films since 1950, & early on he directed mostly documentaries & shorts. HUNGER was his ninth film; others included THE CATS (1965), WE ARE ALL DEMONS (1969), OUIRI (1996), PAN (1995), & SPRINGET (2005).
The excellent cinematography was done by Henning Kristiansen, who lensed 68 films from 1947, including THE MUSKETEERS (1961), SCHOOL FOR SUICIDE (1964), THE DANCE OF DEATH (1967), KING LEAR (1971), GHOST TRAIN (1976, BABETTE’S FEAST (1987), & PAN (1995).
The creative & haunting musical score was done by Krzyztof Komeda, a famous jazz performer, he composed scores for 42 films since 1958, including KNIFE IN THE WATER (1962), THE CATS (1965), THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS (1967), & ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968).
Considered an alcoholic, he died tragically in his 40’s after passing out at a Hollywood party, & hitting his head on a coffee table.
HUNGER, aka SULT (1966)
Written & Directed by Henning Carlson @ 112 minutes.
The film stars Per Oscarsson. Gunnel Lindbloom, & Birgitte Federspiel.
Synopsis: In 1890, a starving writer wanders the streets of Christiana, Norway, searching for food, love, & a publisher. He is offered help several times, but his hubris prevents him from accepting it. All he encounters is suffering & defeat, becoming delusional because of his hunger; in his mind he was preserving his dignity–in reality he was approaching suicide.
Per Oscarsson received the Best Actor Award at Cannes, where it was nominated for the Palm D’Or. It was the Danish entry for Best Foreign Language Film to the 39th Academy Awards, but it was not accepted as a nominee.
Rotten Tomatoes rated it at 98% Critic’s Approval, & 92% Audience Approval. IMDb rated it at 8.0 stars.
Railing against one of the few critics that found fault with it, E.B. Hughes wrote: “Shame on shallow reviewers who need to school themselves in the fine art of filmmaking.”–my sentiments exactly.
Fernando F. Crose of SLANT MAGAZINE wrote: “Henning Carlsen’s version of Nobel Prize winner Knute Hansan’s novel plays out accordingly as harrowing tragedy of disintegration & a grim comedy of intransigence.”
So be sure to mark your calendars for this Friday, April 10, 2015, & join the Tacoma Film Club for our screening of the great Scandinavian classic, HUNGER, aka SULT (1966). It will be shown at the Center for Spiritual Living (CSL), the church building we rent for our screenings, events, parties, & meetings. It is located at 206 North J Street, on the corner of Division & J Streets, across from the Group Health Hospital.
Arrive early, around 6:30 p.m, and join some of us downstairs in the kitchen area for fun, fellowship, & snacks. It is permitted to bring snacks & beverages, including wine or beer, to share with others. Please clean up after yourselves before coming upstairs to enjoy the movie; remember that there is no food or drink allowed upstairs in the sanctuary.
There will be a Donation Box upstairs by the entrance to the sanctuary. All donated funds will go to help pay the rent for the space, & other TFC expenses–such as membership, business cards & flyers. Our biggest expense is for an annual screening license, allowing us to screen films for the public.
Diane Jensen will have the beautiful 2015 TFC membership cards available. The cost for the year’s membership is still only $20.00, the same as was charged in 2003. We do not believe in inflation. This year the membership card is graced with Lauren Bacall.
HUNGER, aka SULT (1966) will screen at 7:15 p.m., & it runs 112 minutes–so the curtain will come down before 9:30 p.m.
See you at the movies!