Show Me Cinema #28: Scenes from a Marriage

Alas, the creative bankruptcy of contemporary American cinema has reached the small-screen as well. In the last couple of years we’ve seen old tv shows revived, Twin Peaks, The X-Files and MacGyver have all returned to varying results in vastly different formats to our small screens. The idiot box, which for many years has beenContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #28: Scenes from a Marriage”

Show Me Cinema #27: ABBA: the Movie

I don’t really think ABBA needs much of an introduction. Even if you’re not a big fan or not overly familiar with them, their fingerprints are all over pop culture and music today it’s almost impossible to miss them. Ever since breaking out internationally in 1974 when they won Eurovision Song Contest with their songContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #27: ABBA: the Movie”

Show Me Cinema #25: The Wings & Michael

Still from Michael (1924) Even if Pride Month is almost over, it seems like a good idea to discuss a movie for the occasion, a little bit of striking whilst the iron is hot. So then the question becomes, what movie should I discuss? I’ve already covered Lukas Moodysson’s Fucking Åmål and Levan Akin’s AndContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #25: The Wings & Michael”

Show Me Cinema #24: Summer Interlude

The filmography of Ingmar Bergman could very easily be divided into several different phases and periods in which he operated. Most people are primarily familiar with his work from the mid-1950s onwards, fair as it consists of most of the films he’s today known for. His early work is often dismissed or forgotten, sometimes byContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #24: Summer Interlude”

Show Me Cinema #23: Raven’s End

Since starting the website and this very column, the two film directors I’ve covered the most have probably been Ingmar Bergman and Bo Widerberg. Whilst most people know about Bergman and his life many people (and when I say people I mean people who don’t live in Sweden but here too probably) may not knowContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #23: Raven’s End”

Show Me Cinema #22: Call Girl

Back in 2012, the movie Call Girl was released in Sweden to much attention and interest. That’s because the movie was inspired by what’s known here in Sweden as Bordellhärvan or Geijeraffären, the Geijer Affair roughly translated into English. It occured in the mid-to-late 1970s in Stockholm where our Minister of Justice at the time,Continue reading “Show Me Cinema #22: Call Girl”

Show Me Cinema #21: Searching for Sugar Man

“Sugar man, won’t you hurry Cause I’m tired of these scenes For a blue coin won’t you bring back All those colors to my dreams” Sugar Man, Rodriguez (1970) If I say the name Rodriguez, you will probably go “what? I beg your pardon? Who?” And it’s not that surprising frankly. The only reason whyContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #21: Searching for Sugar Man”

Show Me Cinema #20: The Seventh Seal

So my plans were to follow up The Phantom Carriage with something more contemporary and exciting, like 2012’s Call Girl or Eat Sleep Die, or perhaps Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or-winner The Square. But then we lost yet another giant figure of Swedish theatre and film that I felt compelled to write something in her memory.Continue reading “Show Me Cinema #20: The Seventh Seal”

Show Me Cinema #19: The Phantom Carriage

One of the things about silent cinema is that it is in many ways an international language of visual images. And even though you still have the issue of intertitles dispersed throughout the film (unless you’re Buster Keaton or F.W. Murnau), the silent medium was an almost ideal place for singularly visual storytelling. And whenContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #19: The Phantom Carriage”