De røde enge (1945) AKA The Red Meadows


Danish director Bodil Ipsen demonstrates her devotion to American “film noirs” in Red Meadows. Set during WWII, the film concerns the exploits of a group of Danish resistance fighters. Ipsen raised a few eyebrows back in 1950 for her comparatively sympathetic portrayal of a German occupation officer who befriends a member of the underground — though he was careful to show the bestiality of the Nazis during a grueling torture sequence. The story ends with a rousing gun battle and a desperate escape bid. Red Meadows is allegedly based on a true story.

Director: Bodil Ipsen & Lau Lauritzen. AKA The Red Meadows
Stars: Poul Reichhardt, Lisbeth Movin, Per Buckhøj, Gyrd Løfquist, Kjeld Jacobsen, Preben Kaas, Arne Hersholdt, Karl Jørgensen, Lau Lauritzen, Preben Neergaard, Bjørn Watt-Boolsen, Preben Lerdorff Rye, Freddy Koch, Hjalmar Madsen, Bjørn Spiro.

1946 Cannes Film Festival – Winner of the Grand Prize of the Festival.


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  1. September 22, 2019

    This wartime film deservedly won the Grand Prize-it has the feel of actuality with a
    compelling narrative that never flags. Highly recommended .
    The print was excellent and ran without any the way.
    Another winner from Jon who never ceases to amaze with the great films he gives us all access to. Thanks again.

  2. Michael
    September 22, 2019

    again Jon, many thanks for this excellent Danish film.

  3. October 1, 2019

    Absolutely terrific war film with a realistic undergirding quite different from the Hollywood style of heroic propaganda.

  4. Tanguy
    February 1, 2020

    I was about to give up trying to find this movie when I stumbled upon this. With English subtitles! Thank you so much for putting this online, you’re a true benefactor to art lovers!

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