Archive of films An-Magritt / An-Magritt

1969, 101 min

Section: Nature and Landscape in Norwegian Cinema
Year: 2005

This tale of a proud and beautiful young woman unfolds in the harsh world of the 17th-century Norwegian countryside, in a region of ore mines and smelting furnaces. The orphaned An-Magritt must fight for her very survival in a violent male world. Hardened by drudgery and fate´s disfavour, she learns to handle herself like a man. But then someone unexpectedly arrives who is unlike any other man she has known, and she awakens to love.


The film is an adaptation of the well-known novel trilogy Bread of Night by Norwegian writer Johan Falkberget. The plot, set in the ravishing natural landscape of the Norwegian countryside, offers a slice of 17th-century life in a rugged region of ore mines and smelting furnaces. The heroine, An-Magritt, is a simple woman who thrives because of her beauty and her exceptional survival skills. The village of her birth is a harsh environment dominated by men; as an orphan girl it was all she could do just to survive. She learned to handle herself as a man in husbandry and trade, and even to read and write. Her hard life is full of daily drudgery and adversity, struggling against poverty, prejudice, and the natural elements. Then her unapproachable pride is broken by the arrival of a stranger - Johannes, a German scholar and builder of waterwheels. Charmed by his noble masculinity, An-Margitt experiences the power of love, but human malice and resentment can still do their work. 

About the director

Arne Skouen

Arne Skouen (b. 1913, Oslo) is a legend of Norwegian cinematography. He started out in the 1930s, first as a journalist and dramatist. As a director he debuted in 1949, and over the next twenty years shot 16 more features, many of which had a major influence on the development of Norwegian film. Selected filmography: Street Kids (Gategutter, 1949), Fire in the Night (Det brenner i natt, 1955), Cold Tracks (Kalde spor, 1962), About Tilla (Om Tilla, 1963), An-Magritt (1969). Skouen’s Nine Lives (Ni liv, 1957), proclaimed in 1991 as the best Norwegian film ever made, is one of the country’s few movies to be nominated for an Oscar. An-Magritt is a film adaptation of a Norwegian national work which features an outstanding performance by Liv Ullmann in the title role, and picturesque camerawork by Swedish director of photography Sven Nykvist.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Nature and Landscape in Norwegian Cinema
Director: Arne Skouen
Screenplay: Arne Skouen, podle románu Johana Falkbergeta/based on a novel by Johan Falkberget Chléb noci / Our Nightly Bread
Dir. of Photography: Sven Nykvist
Music: Maj a/and Gunnar Sønstevold
Editor: Bjørn Breigutu
Producer: Sverre Gran
Production: Norsk Film A/S
Cast: Liv Ullmann, Wolf von Gersum, Per Oscarsson, Claes Gill
Contact: Norwegian Film Institute


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