Ibsen’s coming to get you!

This, seriously, is the Ibsen Memorial in Bergen.

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He’d have made a terrific monster in Hammer horror films, don’t you think? Just imagine … The Curse of Ibsen, Ibsen Has Risen From the Grave, Ibsen Must be Destroyed

The Hammer studios missed a few tricks there, if you ask me.

 

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11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by kaggsysbookishramblings on March 30, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    I wouldn’t want to be remembered like that….. :s

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  2. Son of Ibsen

    Ibsen meets the Werewolf

    Ibsen vs. The Justice League

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  3. But the thing is, it looks just like him.

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  4. I wonder what the public reaction was. Was he still alive when it was unveiled? I hope not.

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  5. Posted by alan on April 1, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    I think it was you who claimed that Ibsen kept a portrait of Strindberg above his desk because he liked the mad staring eyes.
    Wikipedia claims that Strindberg outlived Ibsen – are you sure he didn’t arrange it ?

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    • Yes, Ibsen bought Munch’s portrait of Strindberg and hung it up in his study, claiming that he particularly liked Strindberg’s “mad, staring eyes”.

      Strindberg was of a younger generation. In “The Father”, the main characters says sarcastically at one point that he would have liked to have heard Captain Alving’s side of the story.

      While I love Ibsen, as you know, i have never quite managed to come to grips with Strindberg: he is possibly just a bit too mad for me! I’ll keep trying though…

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  6. Posted by beobachter on April 11, 2016 at 5:35 am

    I agree that it actually captures the salient qualities of the photographs and a certain reading of the presence in his work quite well. And the “glasses,” if that they be, keep the image from being confused with some soviet-era abstraction of Karl Marx, like the disembodied head-on-a-block in Chemnitz.

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