Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 266: Sun Sep 23

Edvard Munch (Watkins, 1974): Tate Modern, 2pm

This is the highlight of the Tate Modern season devoted to the work of Peter Watkins. Today's screening is a superb film by one of Britain's most outstanding directors.

Time Out review:
'Peter Watkins' biography of the formative years of the pioneer Expressionist easily vindicates its running time. As Munch moves through his youth, quiet and alienated, we realise that he too was eluded by any lasting intimacy: a long, abortive affair with an older woman joins the ubiquitous ghosts of a childhood scarred by sickness and death. In the end it's the paintings which do Munch's talking for him, both directly and through the prefigurations and echoes in the film's set pieces, a fuzzed, mutely anguished procession of half-profiles and silently helpless groups with numb, naked eyes. It's a remarkable film.' Giovanni Dadomo

Here is an extract. 

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