Death is a Caress

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Death is a Caress
Directed by Edith Carlmar
Written by Otto Carlmar
Arne Moen (novel)
Starring Claus Wiese
Bjørg Riiser-Larsen
Ingolf Rogde
Release date
  • 1949 (1949)
Running time
92 minutes
Country Norway
Language Norwegian

Death is a Caress (Norwegian: Døden er et kjærtegn) is a 1950 Norwegian drama film starring Claus Wiese, Bjørg Riiser-Larsen and Ingolf Rogde. Based on a 1948 novel by Arne Moen, it was Edith Carlmar's directorial début, and the first Norwegian film directed by a woman.[1] [3]

The film depicts the passionate and tempestuous liaison between mechanic Erik (Wiese) and society woman Sonja (Riiser-Larsen). The film uses cinematic shorthand to convey time and place, while concentrating on its protagonists' increasingly troubled relationship.[2]


  1. ^ Smith, Imogen Sara (1 September 2015). "The Female Gaze: 100 Overlooked Films Directed by Women". Sight & Sound. BFI. 
  2. ^ "Death is a Caress (Døden er et kjærtegn)". Oslo: Norsk filminstitutt. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 7, 2011. Few films have ever more effectively conveyed a kind of male-hysteria, as Erik comes to regard his wife increasingly as an enigma whom he can't control or understand. 

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