Den røde kappe (1967) AKA Hagbard and Signe / The Red Mantle



The story, based on an ancient legend, concerns Hagbard, the son of a slain Norse king. Seeking revenge against the rival clan responsible for the killing, Hagbard calms down long enough to establish a truce. He also falls in love with Signe, daughter of his onetime enemy. Signe’s former beau, sizzling with jealousy, breaks the truce and makes it appear that Hagbard was responsible. The young prince escapes, but returns disguised as a woman to his beloved Signe.

Director: Gabriel Axel. AKA Hagbard and Signe / The Red Mantle
Writers: Gabriel Axel, Saxo Grammaticus (story “annals Gesta Danorum, 7th Book”), Frank Jæger (dialogue).
Stars: Gitte Hænning, Oleg Vidov, Eva Dahlbeck, Birgitte Federspiel, Lisbeth Movin, Johannes Meyer, Håkan Jahnberg, Manfred Reddemann, Henning Palner, Gisli Alfredsson, Folmer Rubæk, Borgar Garðarsson, Jörgen Lantz, Frederik Tharaldsen, Sisse Reingaard. 

Cinematographer: Henning Bendtsen.
Composer: Per Nørgaard.

1967 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Palme d’Or.


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One Comment

  1. Gene
    February 23, 2023

    Happened to see this in a theater upon original release, then eventually find a copy (after a great many years of searching for it), though not at the upgraded resolution you’ve been able to offer to us. Thanks !

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