Thommy Berggren

  • Bo Widerberg – Joe Hill (1971)

    I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night. Alive as you or me. Says I, but Joe you’re ten years dead. I never died says he.

    In the early 1900’s, the legendary Joe Hill emigrates with his brother to the United States. But after a short time, he loses touch with his brother. Joe gets a few jobs but is struck by all the injustice and tragedy going on. He becomes active in the forbidden union IWW, a union for workers without trades. It is forbidden to demonstrate and to speak in public but Joe gets around that by singing his manifests with the Salvation Army. He manages to get more and more people to get on strike with him but he also makes powerful enemies doing that. Finally he gets connected with a murder and during the trial he fires his lawyer and takes upon himself to become his own defender.Read More »

  • Bo Widerberg – Elvira Madigan (1967)

    A count and a tightrope dancer fall madly in love, so much so that he deserts the army and his family to run away with her. Set to a Mozart concerto, this film was released in 1967 to rapturous critical acclaim and went on to win Best Actress Award at Cannes for its then 17-year old star, Pia Degermark.Read More »

  • Bo Widerberg – Kvarteret Korpen aka Raven’s End (1963)

    By Roger Ebert / March 20, 1972
    The young man looks at the empty lives of the people living on his block, and writes an angry book about the way they’ve been treated. A publisher invites him to Stockholm to discuss the manuscript, but finally patronizes him: “There is a cry of rage here, but it is still inarticulate.” Sobbing with frustration, the young man tells a sympathetic neighbor girl: “Sometimes a cry is so loud it cannot be heard.” They make love that night, the girl becomes pregnant, and before long the young man believes that he has been trapped just as his parents were.Read More »

  • Bo Widerberg – Heja Roland! AKA Come on, Roland! (1966)

    Bo Widerberg’s one and only comedy!

    Young Roland wants to write. In desperate need for money, he takes job at an advertising agency. He ends up in a department that advertise cosmetics. He is commissioned to do market research of a new remedy for pimples.Read More »

  • Roy Andersson – Giliap (1975)

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    Roy Andersson premiered his second feature-length film, “Giliap”, in 1975. The film is a marked departure from “A Swedish Love Story”, and that is no accident. Success brought pressure onto Andersson to make “A Swedish Love Story II”. But he didn’t want to be someone who churned out yet another film in the same spirit, and then one more… So he changed style drastically in “Giliap”. Andersson had great hopes for the film, but it found neither a public nor positive reviews. “Giliap” did, however, win a larger reception abroad, especially in France. Yet despite its meagre successes in Sweden, the film is interesting, not least aesthetically. For here one finds the first seeds of Andersson’s distinctive film style.
    In “Giliap”, actor Thommy Berggren plays a wandering day-labourer who takes employment at the fading Hotel Busarewski. The hotel is run by a wheelchair-bound misanthrope who harshly deals out orders to his staff as he reminisces about Busarewski’s former golden days.Read More »

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