1864 opens to mixed reviews and accusations of historical inaccuracies

The Malo Seaways was hit by emergency flares over the weekeend (Photo: DFDS)
October 13th, 2014 12:42 pm| by admin
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

The DR epic '1864' – one of the most anticipated TV series ever made in Denmark, which kicked off on Sunday evening – has received mixed reviews from the Danish media.

The drama, which centres on the second Schleswig War between Denmark on one side and Prussia and Austria on the other, was given three out of six stars by Jyllands-Posten, Berlingske and Ekstra Bladet, while Politiken and BT gave the series five-star ratings following its debut.

“It is contradictory that the brilliantly huge ambition that drives '1864' also becomes its Achilles heel,” Jyllands-Posten wrote in its review.

Ekstra Bladet suggested “the war hasn't been lost yet, [but] the first battle was certainly no victory”.

Meanwhile, the more positive reviews underlined the stunning scenography. BT said the series opener “looked like it hit the bull's eye artistically”, while Politiken hailed the series' cinematography – done by Dan Laustsen – as being “some of the most beautiful Danish TV drama ever seen”.

READ MORE: Every country has had an annus horribilis. Denmark's was 1864 …

Historical fallacies
Directed by Ole Bornedal, the eight-episode drama cost 173 million kroner to make – 360,416 kroner per minute – making it the most expensive TV series in Danish history.

But when it comes to history, the series has a number of inaccuracies according to the historian Jens Ole Christensen, who has written a number of books on the subject.

In particular, Christensen chided the series's contention that a rabid nationalism propelled Denmark into war.

“That's a very simplified explanation about what actually led to the war in 1864,” Christensen told Metroxpress newspaper. “It makes more sense as a contemporary comment than a historical description.”

The Malo Seaways was hit by emergency flares over the weekeend (Photo: DFDS)
DFDS hopes to resume Calais service tomorrow
DFDS Seaways services between Dover and Calais remained suspended today aft...
Noma to take a break in Copenhagen in January (Photo: Antissimo)
Noma to close in Copenhagen for ten weeks
Copenhagen’s Noma will shut down for ten weeks next January so the entire...
More and more turbines could be popping up offshore (Photo: Kim Hansen)
More wind farms could be cropping up near the coast
Wind turbines could be popping up along the coastline like, well, wind turb...
It's a Dogg's life (Photo: Jørund Føreland Pedersen)
Rough weekend for the Dogg
US rapper Snoop Dogg's Scandinavian soiree over the weekend was problemati...
It looks barbaric, but the locals call it tradition (Photo: Erik Christensen)
Danish politicians slammed with protests over pilot whale hunt
The traditional grindadráp - the pilot whale hunt - is underway in the Far...
The attempt was eventually abandoned (photo: dinby.dk)
Today’s date: First drilling for oil
The first ever attempt to drill for oil in Denmark took place 80 years ago ...