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This is the 1941 amateur 16mm film adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's famous play Peer Gynt, featuring 17-year old Charlton Heston in his film debut. Furthermore a young David Bradley was the director of this silent film being created for a Northwestern University project. It was filmed in the Midwest on the northern shores of Lake Michigan. Bonus Features: Scene Selection| Trailers| Bios| Photo Gallery| Enhanced Sound Track. Specs: DVD5; Silent; 100 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA NR; Year 1942; SRP - $19.99.
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The photography is quite nice. The director and cameramen were obviously learning their craft, and doing very well. Lighting is very good. There are very few gratuitous camera moves, and no active zooming (they probably could not afford a zoom lens.) Some of the camera moves are quite effective, although, obviously hand-held.
The amateur acting is largely cornball, but, some performances show promising talent. Of course Heston shows great potential. Betty Hanisee plays Aase, Peer's mother, with energy and expression. Betty Barton does a really commendable Ingrid, with a range of believable emotions from pitiful begging to deep anger and resentment. Well done! Katherine Bradley's part (Solveig) was a little sappy, but she carries it off without cracking, which I would find very hard to do.
Given that the budget was undoubtedly zero, it is understandable that Bradley should make it a silent film. I have a feeling that recording dialogue would have lowered the overall quality, so I don't fault him for it. The music is not the best recording quality, though, perhaps, the best available at the time. The script follows the play fairly closely, although Peer doesn't make it to the Cairo asylum in this version. The rest of the major plot elements and much of the dialogue are correct. I am a silent film fan, so I am not disturbed by the the dialogue cards. You can also clearly read the actors' lips.
The one weak spot that I found disappointing was the Boyg. I think this was one of the bits added in 1964. It is the only item with sound and this special effect clearly exceeds the zero budget. It breaks the flow of the rest of the film. I wonder what the original scene was like. There are several large-scale location shots that are obviously lifted from other films. These add to the story telling, but are discontinuous with the amateur production values. The DVD conversion is not quiet top drawer, but adequate.
The viewer must try to keep in mind the limitations under which Bradley made this Peer Gynt. Within that scope, it is really quite excellent. I would highly recommend it to film history buffs, Hestonites, and film students. Just do not buy it expecting a Technicolor, Panavision, epic production. Take it for what it claims to be, and you will, I think, be pleased.
The pluses: the music, seeing the music with the story, the main character gets his "reward" and the other saving grace in the film is watching Charlton Heston before he had his "big break".
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