Summary of article in Billed Bladet #42, 2014.
Written by Dorthe Quist.
A number of politicians and celebs had been invited to see the first two episodes of 1864 at a gala premiere. The first episode has been aired on TV, but more on that later.
Among them was Joachim who was most thrilled by the series so far. He hasn't written the two history books the series is loosely based on (he ought to!) but he said about the series: "It was excellent. It was wonderful to see and have such a big experience. And then in a hall that is not meant for showing films.
The work is simply eminent, the acting is good, the filming fantastic. This is really good".
The series will be aired here in DK for the next seven Sundays and first episode has 1.7 million viewers our of a population of 5.6 million and it is hoped it will become more or less iconic.
Joachim added: "It's actually not a question of what such a series will mean to Southern Jutland. Because the Southern Jutlanders - regardless of age - are those in Denmark who are most familiar with what the TV-series is all about.
Now the old guy here is talking: For the the history-void youth this series will awaken the interest for the history. Especially the history about 1864, both Schleswigan wars and the Schleswigan-Holstein question as a whole, but about the whole history in general. It will be exceiting to see what follows in the wake of this series.
I am so much going to see the next sis episodes. And so are my sons, even if they have to chained and whipped to do it. And so is my wife (formal word). Difinetely. It's not just a recommandation from me to them. It's law".
(*) The first episode was aired last Sunday.
The jury is still out as far as I am concerned. It's beautifully filmed!
It was a bit slow while the characters were being presented but hopefully that will improve.
The producer certainly has a modern political message he wish to put across, even though he denies, fair enough - it's not a documentary but a drama.
There were a number of things I didn't understand the deeper meaning of: A link to a modern girl, whom I didn't even like. Irrelevant and distracting.
A maturbation scene with twelve year old boys - what on earth had that to do with anything? Was it supposed to cause a stir? Well, it did, but only because people, like me, couldn't understand why it was shown at all. Boys masturbate and the sun rise in the east, what else is new?
The sound was crap - as usual. I fear the characters will be somewhat unnuanced. - We have the bad guys in the blue corner and the good guys in the red corner.
We'll see. I can always cut the sound and enjoy the imagery.
Anywat, here is a trailer from the series: