Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Forgotten Movies, May 24: Pelle, the Conqueror
Pelle the Conqueror won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film when it was originally released in the late eighties. It absolutely blew me away at the theater. A classic, coming of age movie set in the nineteenth century, it details the life of a father (Max von Sydow) and his son, forced to immigrate to Denmark to find work after the death of the his wife. They are told that life in Denmark will be easy; they will be rich.
The find work as laborers on a farm in a desolate seaside landscape. It is a hard life indeed. Max von Sydow is wonderful as the elderly father of young Pelle but the child's role is also very well acted, and it is he who is Pelle, the Conqueror. Bille August directed this and also wrote the screenplay.
I give few 10s in my little notebook, but this won one. Anyone else out there seen it?
For more Forgotten Movies, see Todd Mason's site.
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