Sweden

Ingmar Bergman – Rabies (1958)

“This made-for-television film was based on Olle Hedberg’s script, which Ingmar Bergman had directed for the City Theatre of Hälsingborg as early as in 1945, and as a radio play the following year. Bergman, who called the play ‘an unpleasant piece’, used stage actors from Malmö. The scarce reviews of the film focused on Bergman’s faiblesse for the puppet theatre and the morality play, with the result that the characters functioned as types.” Read More »

Åke Falck – Bröllopsbesvär AKA Swedish Wedding Night (1964)

Max Scharnberg/IMDb wrote:
A wedding without love. The bridegroom is the owner of the greatest butcher enterprise in the town. He is also a womaniser who boasts about knowing what kinds of pants numerous girls wear. The bride is unusually beautiful. Her mother instructs her never to refuse her husband and never to argue against his side-affairs. The boy she really loves and who loves her would never do as a breadwinner. The bride’s family believes that he is working far away. Her father has not taken a full bath for many years, and the bride needs much diplomacy to make him do so on the wedding day. To obtain money for the feast the bride had sold an old cow to the slaughterhouse. Read More »

Yngve Gamlin – Jakten AKA The Chasers (1965)

Two men split from their hunting party to go on a private chase in the snowy hinterlands of northern Sweden. But what are they chasing and why? Read More »

Anders Henrikson – Annonsera! AKA It Pays to Advertise! (1936)

IMDB Summary: A comedy about the power of advertising Henry Miller is a young man who doesn’t have any goals for life. He lives on his father’s money and spends them on girls, fancy dinners and parties. One day when he goes to his father’s office, he meets a secretary, Mary and falls in love with her. She doesn’t want anything to do with him, as she wants a man who is ambitious and working for his living. Henry’s father, soap director Miller, overhears their conversation and makes a deal with Mary. If she can make Henry work, then director Miller will give her 10 000 SEK. Read More »

Lars-Magnus Lindgren – Änglar, finns dom? aka Love Mates (1961)

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A young man, Jan Froman, who has spent his life so far on a couch reading books, decides to become CEO of the local bank. He gets a job as assistant janitor. He sees Margareta who also works in the bank, and it’s love at first sight. However, she is already engaged to be married, which complicates things. In a not all together honest way, he starts trading in the stock market and with real estate, to get access to the boardroom of the bank. Read More »

Ingmar Bergman – Backanterna aka Bacchae (1993)

Bergman’s staging of an opera based on the last great play of the Greek dramatist, Euripides.

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This was a TV version of the staged opera from 1991, a transposition of Euripides’s classical drama written for an amphitheatre into a performance designed for the most intimate of stages, the TV screen. ‘The whole production was suffused with the total professional knowledge of a master from the first image to the last. A Greek TV drama of world class’ [Hela uppsättningen genomströmmades från första bilden till den sista av den totala yrkeskunskapen hos en mästare. Read More »

Christian-Jaque – Singoalla AKA Gypsy Fury AKA The Wind Is My Lover (1949)

Claimed as being the most expensive movie made in Sweden up to this date Singoalla is a tale about doomed love and stolen treasures in 14th century Sweden. And gypsies.

Based on a musty 1857 novel by Viktor Rydberg. Read More »