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Henrik Johan Ibsen


Henrik Johan Ibsen (20 Μαρτίου 1828 –23 Μαΐου 1906). Μια μεγάλη μορφή όχι μόνο του νορβηγικού αλλά και του παγκόσμιου θεάτρου. και κατά ένα μεγάλο μέρος συνέβαλε στην εξέλιξη του σύγχρονου ρεαλιστικού δράματος. Αναφέρεται συχνά ως ο «πατέρας σύγχρονου δράματος».

DVD – Henrik Ibsen – Father of Modern Drama

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Steinar Hybertsen, Shybert Productions and the Norwegian American Foundation have produced a documentary based on Henrik Ibsen and his contribution to modern theatre.  The film is a journey through his life, starting with his beginnings in Skien, Norway, and following him through his time in Denmark, Germany, Italy and back again.
Due to his self-imposed exile for 27 years, Ibsen wrote most of his plays abroad.  The documentary thus follows him through stays in Dresden, Munich, Gossensass, Rome, Sorrento, Amalfie and Ischia.  His personal correspondence from these locations provides viewers with insight into the experiences and impulses important to him, and helps to answer important questions about his constant travel.  In fact, he did not have a permanent home until his 1891 return to Olso, and he never saw his family after he left Skien at age 19.

The documentary also focuses on the incredible changes in Europe from 1828 to 1906—transformations that were reflected in most of Ibsen’s work.  The political arena during this time underwent constant modifications, and Ibsen himself lived in the middle of many revolutions while in Italy and Spain and witnessed firsthand the formation of modern political and social structure.  This gave him and his work insight into the challenges and problems which would soon emerge after such monumental changes.

In addition, the documentary briefly analyzes the 28 different plays from Ibsen’s productive life, specifically focusing on Peer Gynt, Et Dukkehjem and Hedda Gabler and how these plays were received on the world stage.  Furthermore, the film will discuss those first stage performances which earned Ibsen money.  He was most successful in Germany where he lived for 17 years—Brand was the most played piece at the time.

The documentary also features information about the pieces of Ibsen’s work which were forbidden in certain families and thereby caused him to receive several negative reviews in the press.  Regardless, success came to him after 40 years of writing and Ibsen was and is considered the father of modern drama.  The first films produced in the United States based on Ibsen’s plays gained attention in 1915, and many more were introduced before the advent of movies with sound.

Toril Moi, Professor at Duke University, will play a part in presenting the story of Henrik Ibsen in this documentary, along with Juni Dahr, Vigdis Ystad, Merete Morken Andersen, Joan Templeto, a historian from Germany and a historian from Italy.

The film’s running time is 75 minutes.