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Matador

1978 . Drama . 1h 0m

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Everyone

About the tv show

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Matador is a Danish TV series produced and shown between 1978 and 1982. It is set in the fictional Danish town of Korsbæk between 1929 and 1947. It follows the lives of a range of characters from across the social spectrum, focusing specifically on the rivalry between the families of two businessmen: The banker Hans Christian Varnæs, an established local worthy, and social climber Mads Skjern, who arrives in town as the series opens. The name Matador was taken from the localised edition of the boardgame Monopoly, also the series' tentative English title. In addition, in contemporary Danish a "matador" is often used to describe a business tycoon, in the series referring to the character of Mads Skjern and his craftiness as a self-made entrepreneur. Directed by famed Danish film maker Erik Balling, Matador was the idea of author Lise Nørgaard who wrote the bulk of the episodes alongside Karen Smith, Jens Louis Petersen and Paul Hammerich. The series is one of the most well-known and popular examples of Danish television and represents the peak of longtime development of Danish TV drama by the public service channel Danmarks Radio. The series has become part of the modern self-understanding of Danes, partly because of its successful mix of melodrama and a distinct warm Danish humour in the depiction of characters, which were portrayed by a wide range of the most popular Danish actors at the time; but also not least because of its accurate portrayal of a turbulent Denmark from around the start of the Great Depression and through Nazi Germany's occupation of Denmark in World War II.

Actors:

Holger Juul Hansen, Buster Larsen, Ghita Nørby, Bent Mejding, Kurt Ravn

Language:

da

Release:

11 Nov 1978

Seasons:

4

Reviews

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Mads Dalgaard

4 days ago

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Med afstand den bedste serie i dansk historie. Kombinationen af historisk fortælling, humor, drama og intriger gør denne til et absolut mesterværk. Skuespillerne er samtidig taget fra øverste hylde, lige fra Jørgen Buckhøj, Ghita Nørby, Malene Schwartz og Helle Virkner, ja man kunne blive ved. Historien er samtidig en del af dansk kultur, musikken er fremragende og manuskriptet er gennemarbejdet. Fantastisk serie og en serie der definerer et land.

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Klara Fruelund

8 months ago

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An absolutely must watch when you’re from Denmark. A part of danish culture, which also represents a lot of very well-known and respected actors in danish history. Iconic.

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Emil Jørgensen

8 months ago

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Surprisingly interesting view into the small town community around 1930/40s Denmark. Starts slow but the narrative and characters combined with the historic peculiarity, is a sure winner.

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Magnus Michelsen

11 months ago

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En national klassiker og tidløs underholdning

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Tanja Juel

1 year ago

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Ikke lige mig.

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Mette Vuns Schroeder

1 year ago

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Classic. Must watch at least for Danes

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Laura Lisberg

1 year ago

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Historisk serie! Jeg har set den så mange gange at jeg kan de fleste replikker og har styr på handlingen i de fleste afsnit. I afsnit 11 får Daniel sin hest, i afsnit 15 falder Aksel i branddammen, i afsnit 20 bliver Bolt banket af tyskerne - bare et par eksempler.. det er simpelthen en serie man SKAL se og så lærer man også et par historiske ting undervejs!

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Elena Marañón image

1 year ago

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Classic danish must-see

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