Morten Piil

Morten Piil
Born (1943-03-01) 1 March 1943
Copenhagen, Denmark
Nationality Danish
Occupation Film critic, writer

Morten Piil (born 1 March 1943) is a Danish writer and film critic. He received a Bodil Honorary Award in 2002 for his "long-standing contribution to Danish film literature".[1][2]

Piil was a film critic at Berlingske Tidende 1962-67, and has since then been at Dagbladet Information where he has also written about literature and rock music. He was a film consultant at the Danish Film Institute 1975-77, and 1968-96 consultant for DR's film department.[3]

Piil has written several reference works on Danish cinema. His three books published on Gyldendal, Danske filmskuespillere ("Danish film actors") (2001), a monograph on 525 actors active in the period 1930-2001,[4] Danske filminstruktører ("Danish filmmakers") (2005), detailing 120 Danish film directors active between 1930 and 2005,[5] and Gyldendals danske filmguide ("Gyldendals Danish film guide") (2008), a description of 1200 Danish feature films — virtually every major film release from 1930 to 2008,[6] poses with a total volume of approximately 1,800 pages the most comprehensive survey of Danish film and the main figures behind it.

In 2003, Information published Film på hjernen: 40 års bedste biografoplevelser a 664-page selection of his film criticism from the last 40 years.[7][8]

Piil has translated three works of Vladimir Nabokov to Danish.

Selected works


  1. "Se det er filmkritik!". Information (in Danish). 27 February 2003. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  2. Christian Braad Thomsen (2005). Vreden, gudinde, besyng!: tidslinjer 1940 - 2005 (in Danish). Lindhardt og Ringhof. pp. 162–. ISBN 978-87-595-2489-3.
  3. "Morten Piil | Gyldendal — Den Store Danske". Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  4. Iversen, Ebbe (22 October 2001). "Ib, Iben og alle idolerne - Kultur". Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  5. Vindum, Anne (16 January 2006). "Op på fars hat og mors arbejde - Morten Piil DANSKE FILMINSTRUKTØRER". Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  6. Iversen, Ebbe (18 November 2008). "Prægtigt værk om dansk film - Bøger". Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  7. Jensen, Peter Due. "Sentura — Morten Piil: Film på hjernen - 40 års bedste biografoplevelser". Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  8. Seidelin, Christopher (2013). "kosmorama231_194_artikel14.pdf" (PDF). pdf.js. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
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