Director Peter Watkins’ classic 1974 film Edvard Munch is a rich and complex look at the life of the angst-ridden Norwegian artist in his native Kristiania (now Oslo), from roughly 1884 to 1894, the formative years in his early career. Filmed in the style of a documentary, period characters speak directly to the camera in their native Norwegian with English subtitles, while the film is narrated in English. Artfully interwoven are scenes from Munch’s childhood, of his older sister and mother dying of tuberculosis (a disease that almost claimed the young Edvard as well), Munch’s love affair with the married “Mrs. Heiberg,” as well as the political and philosophical debates of the era.
("Edvard Munch" was originally created for Norwegian television in 1974, then edited and re-released later as a DVD. This is the only trailer I could find and the scenes it contains are not in the DVD; the subtitles are in Greek, rather than English; but it does capture the feel of the film.)