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”

Show Me Cinema #18: The Sacrifice

“This film is dedicated to my son Andriosha – with hope and confidence. Andrei Tarkovskij” Those are the words that end Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Sacrifice. Although a film dealing primarily with an impending apocalypse, which is generally associated with fear and death, Tarkovsky finds reasons for hope and for celebrating life and love. It becomesContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #18: The Sacrifice”

Show Me Cinema #17: The Man from Majorca

Dedicated to Sven Wollter (1934-2020) My very first column for the site was for Bo Widerberg’s 1976 cop thriller Man on the Roof. Besides from being a masterpiece of the genre and Swedish cinema in general, it was also one of the most commercially successful films made by the film company SF (Svensk Filmindustri i.e.Continue reading “Show Me Cinema #17: The Man from Majorca”

Show Me Cinema #16: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

It feels weird to review an American movie for a column series that is meant to be reserved for Swedish cinema, but this is a rare occasion. Besides a few unofficial remakes of a number of Bergman’s films I can’t think of any other direct Hollywood remakes of any Swedish films. And to make itContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #16: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)”

Show Me Cinema #15: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

If you’re Swedish you definitely know who Lisbeth Salander is and if you haven’t read them you have definitely heard of the Millenium Trilogy. Written by journalist-author Stieg Larsson and published posthumously, the trilogy of books have sold over 80 million copies worldwide and made Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist household names. The books becameContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #15: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)”

Show Me Cinema #14: Hour of the Wolf

“The hour between night and dawn … when most people die, sleep is deepest, nightmares are most real. It is the hour when the sleepless are haunted by their worst anguish, when ghosts and demons are most powerful. The hour of the wolf is also the hour when most babies are born.” Considering the timeContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #14: Hour of the Wolf”

Show Me Cinema #13: The Girls

As established in my review for her directorial debut Loving Couples from back in April, Mai Zetterling was not afraid to shake things up or upset the establishment and desired to make films that directly dealt with feminism, sexuality and the patriarchy. But this came with a price. Despite the controversy and supposed international successContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #13: The Girls”

Show Me Cinema #12: A Swedish Love Story

In my column for Bo Widerberg’s Ådalen 31, I mentioned that that film’s assistant director was none other than a young Roy Andersson. And I think it’s fair to say that Andersson is without a doubt one of the most internationally acclaimed Swedish directors today, and perhaps of all time which may not say muchContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #12: A Swedish Love Story”

Show Me Cinema #11: Under the Sun

One of the biggest names in terms of the Swedish film industry is the British Colin Nutley (he moved here and settled in the 1980s). He and his wife-acting collaborator Helena Bergström (who’s played the lead in every one of his films/tv shows since 1990’s BlackJack) struck gold with their film House of Angels (Änglagård),Continue reading “Show Me Cinema #11: Under the Sun”

Show Me Cinema #10: Let the Right One In

There is a definitive, albeit not too surprising, shortage of really good Swedish horror films. In fact the only ones I can think of that have received some kind of recognition, both abroad and domestically, are Viktor Sjöström’s The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen) and Ingmar Bergman’s Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen). Other than that, the majorityContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #10: Let the Right One In”