Beowulf

Directed by Stellan Olsson
Stellan Olsson
Film Movement
2007
98 Minutes
USA
Old English
Music, Documentary
Screening Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Stereo 2.0
Theatrical booking
Clemence Taillandier
theatrical@filmmovement.com
Festival and non-theatrical booking
Maxwell Wolkin
maxwell@filmmovement.com
Materials and print traffic
Jimmy Weaver
jimmy@filmmovement.com
Press Inquiries
Michael Krause
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Synopsis

Since 1990, Benjamin Bagby has been performing the great epic Beowulf at major festivals and venues around the world. This remarkable performance is presented on DVD, beautifully filmed by the award-winning Swedish director Stellan Olsson. While Beowulf has come down to us through literature as a written poem, the epic's pre-literate medieval audience would have known it through the performance of a scop, a bardic storyteller, as Bagby presents himself here. In this one-man tour de force, Bagby accompanies himself on an Anglo-Saxon harp. Using the entire range of his voice, he delivers this gripping tale in Old English, as it could have been experienced more than one thousand years ago. This performance speaks to the lovers of Beowulf and the oral epic, early music enthusiasts, Tolkien fans, medievalists, and anyone searching for virtuoso storytelling or a glimpse into the fascinating beginnings of the English language.

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