Pelle The Conqueror
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NTSC / Region 0 Korean import. Optional Korean subtitles can be turned off from the main menu. Trials and tribulations are what await Lasse and his young son Pelle on the Danish island of Bornholm. Facing the adversities of a community set in a bigoted mindset as well as living in a foreign land, Pelle learns lesson-by-lesson not only what it takes to survive in a harsh environment, but also what is needed to turn a new place into a home.
- Language : Danish
- Package Dimensions : 18.03 x 13.76 x 1.48 cm; 83 Grams
- Run time : 150 minutes
- Subtitles: : English, Korean, Japanese
- ASIN : B07NG9XJ14
- Number of discs : 1
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Then Bille August made the nearly three-hour Pelle the Conqueror. It won Palme d'Or at Cannes, a Golden Globe and an Oscar. The reviews were good, but it didn't become an international hit at the box office.
The story is good, beautifully told, traditional maybe, but as well told as the film is made in general. Pelle Conqueror has been regarded as a faithful interpretation of the Danish literary classic of the same name, written by Martin Andersen Nexø - in four parts. Bille August's long film focuses on the first of those, the 1906 novel about Pelle's childhood. There is no real conquering here yet, but only the humble beginnings of a man as a child, a boy of twelve..
The focus is the warm relationship between the father, Lassefar and the son, Pelle. The story is big, so we also see a lot of other people in the turn of the century in question. Nexø wrote about the working class and the class differences based on his own experiences. The film is linked to Bernardo Bertolucci's film 1900 which depicts the same time in Italy. August's film is about Swedish immigrants in Denmark. Pelle the Conqueror does not preach like 1900, Bille August is more modest than Bertolucci, but as a director he doesn't reach the same heights as his Italian counterpart.
Ingmar Bergman said he watched Pelle the Conqueror many times and then decided to give the story of his own family to Bille August to direct. But this does not mean that August's Pelle is great film art. As an epic it's fragmented, a bit disjointed like the already long film might have been cut to make it shorter. But the episodic form of Pelle is still very enjoyable. Jörgen Persson's cinematography is a constant delight to the eye.
All the actors and actresses are reliable, Scandinavian professionals. The main roles are inspired choice. The 12-year-old Pelle Hvenegaard even got his name from the same literature character he is now representing in the film. Acting in his only film young Hvenegaard gives a delicate, honest performance, never giving in to the traps of sentimentalism . Max von Sydow is the perfect "Lassefar", father of Lasse. He is a benevolent father and a widow, not very smart or courageous, nor without faults, but his sincerity is beyond any doubt.
The 30th anniversary, restored edition Blu-ray of Pelle the Conqueror is coming out in May 2017 with bonus materials in North America.
The version which I saw is Koch Media's good quality but inexpensive Blu-ray without additional features. Audio in Swedish, English and German, subtitles only in German.
★ ★ ★
Pelle the Conqueror - Pelle erobreren (1987)
Directed by: Bille August.
The movie runs for 2h.23m.
the only extras are a trailer and photo gallery .
They are no English subtitles, ,but you have the option of using the dubbed English soundtrack .
well worth a look at this wonderful movie,