Hamsun

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This biopic centers on Knut Hamsun (Max von Sydow), a celebrated author in his native Norway. When fascism sweeps through Germany in the 1930s, the writer shocks his countrymen by allying himself with Hitler. Hamsun's wife, Marie (Ghita Nørby), also joins the Nazi cause, and goes so far as to tour in Germany, hosting public speaking engagements in the country. After the war ends, the author and his wife are further vilified in Norway, and ultimately sentenced for crimes against the state.

Cast & Crew

Max von Sydow
Knut Hamsun
Ghita Nørby
Marie Hamsun
Anette Hoff
Ellinor Hamsun
Asa Soderling
Cecilia Hamsun
Sverre Anker Ousdal
Vidkun Quisling
Erik Hivju
Dr. Gabriel Langfeldt
Ernst Jacobi
Adolf Hitler
Madeleine Fant
Writer
Marie Hamsun
Writer
Lars Kolvig
Executive Producer
Mischa Gavrjusjov
Cinematographer
Jan Troell
Cinematographer
Ghita Beckendorff
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Critic Reviews for Hamsun

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Audience Reviews for Hamsun

  • Aug 10, 2014
    Quisling(n) - a traitor who aids an occupying force In 1936, Nobel Laureate Knut Hamsun(Max von Sydow) and his wife of thirty years, Marie(Ghita Norby), have a massive row that lays bare the anger that has always existed just beneath the surface, especially as it involves their sending away the kids to boarding school so he can write and his not writing. In the meantime, Marie goes to hear a not-so-crowded lecture by National Socialist Vidkun Quisling(Sverre Anker Ousdal). So, when Marie and Knut reunite, they have something to talk about. Aided by an excellent performance by Max von Sydow in the title role, "Hamsun" would have worked much better as an intimate drama, instead of going for epic stature which only serves to muddle the details of this potentially interesting story with marginally relevant family details. Overall, this is the life of a writer considered a national treasure in his home country of Norway who also acted against its national interests during World War II. In fact, Hamsun did try to use his position to do some good, but as a right wing anti-communist monarchist not having read the big print had no real idea who he was dealing with in the Nazis. It is also possible that he believed their propaganda just as the Nazis used him for propaganda purposes with the cameras going non-stop. All of which just goes to prove you cannot tell everything about an artist from their creative work.
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