When Germany and Prussia declare war on Denmark, two brothers are called to serve in the bloodiest battle in Denmark's history. We follow the brothers Peter and Laust during the years of the Second Schleswig War, two brothers in love with the same woman.
Runtime: 60 minutes
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1864 is a 2014 Danish television historical war drama series written and directed by Ole Bornedal. It is based on two books by Tom Buk-Swienty about the Second Schleswig War of 1864 between Denmark and Prussia and Austria which ended in defeat for Denmark and the loss of a quarter of its territory to Prussia. It follows two brothers from a remote village on Funen who enlist in the Danish army just before the outbreak of war, and experience the horrors of combat in Schleswig. It also features actual historical figures such as Danish prime minister D. G. Monrad and Prussian prime minister Otto von Bismarck. It is the most expensive Danish TV series to be made so far.
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The series divided reviewers in Denmark; some were enthusiastic, praising the lavish cinematography, while others considered the cost should have been used for other programming, especially more Scandinavian noir. Some Danish critics and historians felt that the series contained historical inaccuracies, particularly in its assertion that excessive nationalism drove Denmark into a war that was bound to end in defeat. The 1864 war had a profound effect on Denmark, setting the country's course for its modern development. As a result Tom Buk-Swienty, the series' historical consultant, believed that that sort of debate was inevitable. On the other hand, producer Peter Bose commented that “we were expecting debates but were rather surprised by the continuous bashing”. It received a good reception in the UK. Andrew Collins of The Guardian said that “1864 really is in television’s top rank”, and that “the most expensive TV series in Danish history puts every kroner up there on the screen.” Gerard O'Donovan of the Telegraph said that DR had “taken a key moment in their nation’s history and made it as compelling as any noir drama.” And Ellen E. Jones in the Independent said that “the scale of this series is too ambitious to grasp in a single episode, but the more you watch, the deeper you’ll be sucked in.”
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