Pelle the Conqueror

Pelle the Conqueror

Max von Sydow
Director: Bille August Cast: Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow
, Pelle Hvenegaard
Pelle Hvenegaard
, Erik Paaske
Erik Paaske
Bille August


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Long but rewarding, the Danish-Swedish Pelle the Conqueror is based on the early passages of Martin Andersen Nexø's four-volume novel. Pelle (Pelle Hvengaard) is the son of a 19th-century Swedish farmer (Max Von Sydow). Seeking escape from their poverty-stricken surroundings, father and son emigrate to Denmark. Upon arrival, however, they are treated like indentured servants, leading to a profound ideological turnaround for the impressionable Pelle. In the original novel, he ended up embracing Communism, but Nexø's political overtones are soft-pedalled in the film, which concentrates on the close, indestructible relationship between Pelle and his father. Directed by Bille August, Pelle the Conqueror won the 1988 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/30/2017
UPC: 0859686006147
Original Release: 1987
Source: Film Movement
Region Code: 0
Time: 2:30:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie; New essay by Terrance Rafferty

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Max von Sydow Pappa Lasse
Pelle Hvenegaard Pelle the Conqueror
Erik Paaske Farm Foreman
Bjorn Granath Farmhand Erik
Axel Ströbye Kongstrup
Astrid Villaume Mrs. Kongstrup
Troels Asmussen Rud
John Wittig Schoolteacher
Anna Lise Hirsch Bjerrum Karna
Sofie Gråbøl Miss Sine
Lena-Pia Bernhardsson The Sow
Kristina Tornqvist Little Anna
Buster Larsen Ole Koller
Lars Simonsen Actor
Nis Bank-Mikkelsen The Clergyman
Morten Jorgensen Actor
Karen Wegener Mrs Olsen

Technical Credits
Bille August Director,Screenwriter
Anna Asp Production Designer
Per Holst Producer
Janus Billeskov Jansen Editor
Jens Arnoldus Production Manager
Gitte Kolvig Costumes/Costume Designer
Lars Kolvig Producer,Production Manager
Stefan Nilsson Score Composer
Jörgen Persson Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pelle the Conqueror
1. Chapter 1 [12:18]
2. Chapter 2 [14:58]
3. Chapter 3 [11:20]
4. Chapter 4 [14:30]
5. Chapter 5 [12:09]
6. Chapter 6 [12:15]
7. Chapter 7 [5:15]
8. Chapter 8 [6:45]
9. Chapter 9 [17:38]
10. Chapter 10 [10:21]
11. Chapter 11 [14:14]
12. Chapter 12 [16:00]
13. Chapter 13 [2:05]

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