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.