New Movies: Hunger

As the news from Biafra daily il lustrates, hunger is more than a growl from the stomach; it is a shriek from the soul. Robbed of nourishment, the body consumes its own flesh until the victim is literally no longer himself.

The first casualty is dignity; the sec ond, humanity; the last, life itself. In 1890, out of the remembered pangs of his own despairing struggle with dep rivation, Norwegian Nobel Prizewin ner Knut Hamsun wrote an acrid au tobiographical novel. Two generations later, Scandinavia's moviemakers have finally caught up with Hunger—and surpassed it.

A rural writer (Per Oscarsson) arrives in...

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