|In June 2008 we made a film based on the play Jeppe på bjerget by the danish author Ludvig Holberg at the Sprogcenter Hellerup. For all of us this was the first time in front and behind the camera.
The play is situated in the 18th century (1722) and is about Jeppe, a poor farmer who is lazy and drinks too much. He is cheated on by his wife Nille who uses the whip called Mester Erik to beat Jeppe.
The film takes a little more than half an hour and is split into 4 parts due to YouTube's 10 min restrictions. The film is in danish but I have added a small synopsis for each part in english.
They do this, and Jeppe wakes in the Braon's bed and has no idea how he came here. He thinks he is in paradis, but wonders why he still is so thirsty because the priest told him that in paradise one does not feel thirst.
Now Jeppe, thinking he is the baron and acting as the baron, has dinner. He wants to hang everybody from his entourage because he thinks they steal from him and earn way too much money. However, he is very fond of the wife of the reeve and dances with her before he is again too drunk to stand up.
Jeppe is put back on the street with his old cloths on. He is found by his wife Nille who does not belive that he has been in paradis and whips him because he didn't bring the soap and is drunk again.
Jeppe wakes from Nilles cries of remorse. He thinks he is dead, but of course he is thirsty and asks his wife to get him some brandy. This makes her use Mester Erik again. Now the judge comes and tells Nille that she should not beat Jeppe anymore. Then he tells Jeppe that he is still alive and gives him 4 coins for the trick they played on him.