« Aftenlandet » takes a series of current Western phenomenons – unemployment – terrorism – the « war scare » with the Soviet Union – the growing possibility of a European nuclear arms race – and fuses them together into a bleak look at Denmark – one of the supposed models of Western democracy. « Aftenlandet » may be seen either as an allegory of the universal anguish that is gripping the West in both a social and psychic sens, or as a very real vision of a repressive and increasingly totalitarian Europe, as it may exist tomorrow. Peter WATKINS
Peter Watkins is a British director born in 1935 ; he studied in Walles and then in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He began his career as a film director with a series of self-financed pacifist films, in which he employed non professional cast. He directed his first feature, « The Field of Red », in 1958 about the American Civil War in the United States. « Aftenlandet » was made in 1977 for the Danish Film Institute.
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