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Swedish Cinema

Other Hollywood: Art's Promised Land. Examines Swedish cinema's "Golden Age" which spanned nearly a decade. Swedish films were distinct in their ability to relate their heroes' struggle to the harshness and beauty of the landscape. The "Golden Age" ended in the mid 1920's with the exodus of filmmakers and stars to Hollywood. Video/C 5590

After the Rehearsal (Efter repetitionen) (1983)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Erland Josephson, Ingrid Thulin, Lena Olin. A look at the theatre and its delusions that takes place on a bare stage after the rehearsal of Strindberg's "A Dream Play." A director is wrestling with the fathomless mysteries of his life and craft. He is joined by his neurotic leading lady and his former star, now an aging alcoholic, who comes to represent a disturbing figure in his past. A painfully honest afternoon of self-revelation as the three principals lay bare their tortured hearts and souls. 72 min. DVD 5369; vhs 999:2029
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All These Women (För att inte tala om alla dessa kvinnor) (1964)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Jarl Kulle, Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson, Eva Dahlbeck, Arin Kavli, Gertrude Fridk, Mona Malm. A pompous music critic sets out to write a biography of a recently-deceased famous cellist, but finds himself stymied by a "harem" of the late maestro's female companions. Set in the 1920s, the film makes impressive use of elaborate rococo sets, flamboyant costumes, and expressive colour. 85 min. 999:2899
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Autumn Sonata (Höstsonaten)(1978)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Lena Nyman, Helvar Bjork. An international concert pianist visits her grown daughter after a seven-year absence. Aching with the memory of her mother's neglect, the introverted daughter explodes into a rage and the reunion turns into a shattering confrontation. 92 min. DVD 147
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Brink of Life (Nära livet) (19)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Eva Dahlbeck, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson, Max von Sydow, Erland Josephson. Set in a maternity ward and taking place in one 24-hour period, this drama focuses on three women. One woman, who's husband does not want the baby, has a miscarriage which forces her to re-evaluate her marriage. The second, enthusiastic about having a baby, loses her baby at childbirth and the third, an unwed mother, first wants to have an abortion, but inspired by the sufferings of the other two women is inspired to have the baby -- an affirmation of life in the midst of death. 82 min. DVD X5586; vhs 999:2909
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Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop) (1972)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Liv Ullmann, Harriet Andersson, Igrid Thulin, Kari Sylwan, Erland Josephson. An exploration of the relationships among four women - three sisters, one of whom is dying of cancer, and their devoutly loyal housekeeper - as their facades are stripped away and their agonies and fears revealed. DVD 1166; vhs 999:2258
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Crisis (Kris)(1946)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Inga Landgre, Stig Olin, Marianne Lofgren, Dagny Lind, Allan Bohlin, Ernst Eklund, Signe Wirff. Urban beauty-shop proprietress Mrs. Jenny arrives in an idyllic rural town one morning to whisk away her 18-year-old daughter, Nelly, whom she abandoned as a child, from the loving woman who raised her. Once in Stockholm, Nelly soon receives a crash course in adult corruption and wrenching heartbreak. 93 min. DVD 7569
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The Devil's Eye (Djävulens öga) (1960)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Cast: Jarl Kulle, Bibi Andersson, Stig Jarrel. The Irish saying "a maiden's chastity is a sty in the devil's eye" opens this comedy. To cure himself of a sty, the Devil sends Don Juan to seduce a virtuous maiden. But Don Juan's lust is converted to love and he cannot carry out the seduction. 88 min. vhs 999:2913
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The Devil's Wanton (Fängelse)(aka Prison) (1949)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Birger Malmsten, Doris Svedlund, Hasse Ekman, Eva Henning, Stig Olin. Based in and around a movie studio this experimental and intriguing picture is essentially a film within a film. A director is told by one of his old professors that the world is in the dominion of the devil, and decides to make the claim the subject of his latest picture. He then passes the idea onto a young journalist who is coincidently going through his own personal hell with his prostitute girlfriend and her violent pimp. This is a fascinating film, not only for its thematic tussle between the attraction of suicide and the comfort of faith, but for its many stylistic endeavors. 78 min. DVD X4744; vhs 999:2910
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Dirty Diaries
A collection of twelve short pornographic films created by a group of feminist filmmakers in Sweden. The series of shorts is intended as a feminist response to traditional pornography -- porn films made by women to explore and celebrate, rather than exploit, female sexuality. Contents: Skin / directed by Elin Magnusson -- Fruitcake / directed by Sara Kaaman and Ester Martin Bergsmark -- Night time / directed by Nelli Roselli -- Dildoman / directed by Åsa Sandzén -- Body contact / directed by Pella Kågerman -- Red like cherry / directed by Tora Mårtens -- On your back woman! / directed by Wolfe Madam -- Phone fuck / directed by Ingrid Ryberg -- Brown cock / drected by Universal Pussy -- Flasher girl on tour / directed by Joanna Rytel -- Authority / directed by Marit Ostberg -- Come together / directed by Mia Engberg. 2009. DVD X6014

Dreams (Kvinnodröm) (1955)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. The story of the loves of two women - the owner of a model agency and her top model who, on a photographic outing to another city, both have strange one-day affairs with married men. 86 min. 999:2915
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Edvard Munch (Sweden / Norway, 1976)
Directed by Peter Watkins. Cast: Geir Westby, Gros Fraas, Eric Allum, Amund Berge. A dramatic presentation of the life of Norwegian expressionist painter Edvard Munch and the effect his upbringing in Norway had on his work and whose raw, modern work The Scream shocked the bourgeois world. Mixing fact and fiction, all of the dialogue attributed to Munch in the film is taken from his diaries. 174 min. DVD X1197; also DVD 5155
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Elvira Madigan (1967)
Directed by Bo Widerbergen. Tells the true story of an Army officer's romance with a circus dancer. He gives up everything: his family, career and social standing to embark on a passionate affair. Despite their hopeless love, they live a life of lighthearted carelessness and do not realized they are heading down an irreversible road to tragedy. Based on a ballad by Johan Lindstroem Saxon. 90 min. DVD 1169
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Emigrants (Utvandrarna) (1971)
Directed by Jan Troell. Cast: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann. Pictures of America inspire a married couple to pull up roots and join fellow Swedes in a quest that tests their determination and faith. Based on the novel by Vilhelm Moberg. 151 min. 999:1478
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Awards
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Ebner, Michael. "The Emigrants." Film & History Dec1972, Vol. 2 Issue 4, p27-30, 4p UC users only
Hatch, Robert. "The Emigrants." Nation; 10/16/1972, Vol. 215 Issue 11, p349-350, 2pUC users only

Faithless (Trolösa)(2000)
Director, Liv Ullmann; screenplay, Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Lena Endre, Erland Josephson, Krister Henriksson, Thomas Hanzon. Marianne is a successful actress happily married to Markus and devoted to her young daughter. A friendship with a film director develops into passion as the two yield to temptation and indulge in an affair in Paris that continues back at home. Eventually Markus, who has suspected the affair, confronts the faithless pair and their marriage, a friendship, and a family are threatened to be destroyed. 145 min. DVD 2448
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Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander) (1982)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Pernilla Allwin, Bertil Guve, Ewa Froling, Erland Josephson. Part comedy and part ghost story, the film, set in a rural Swedish town in 1907, tells the story of one year in the lives of the colorful Ekdahl family. 195 min. DVD 3189 (theatrical version); DVD 3190 (television version); VHS 999:944:1-2
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film
César Awards, France - Best Foreign Film
Golden Globes, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film; Best Director

Dokument Fanny och Alexander (The Making of "Fanny and Alexander")
Ingmar Bergman wrote and directed this fascinating documentary on the making of his 1983 feature film, Fanny and Alexander. Clips are taken not only from the theatrical version of the film but also the five hour version never shown in the United States. The documentary chronicles Bergman's unique style of filmmaking and artistic interactions with such life-long collaborators as cinematographers Sven Nykvist and Gunnar Bjornstrand. 1989? 110 min. DVD 3191; vhs Video/C 7884

Everlasting Moments (Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick) (Sweden | Denmark | Norway | Finland | Germany, 2008)
Directed by Jan Troell. Cast: Maria Heiskanen, Mikael Persbrandt, Jesper Christensen, Callin Öhrvall, Ghita Nørby, Emil Jensen. Though poor and abused by her alcoholic husband, Maria Larsson wins a camera in a lottery and finds an outlet in photography, which opens up her world for the first time. Based on a story by Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell. Bonus features: "Troell behind the camera", "The true story of Maria Larsson", "Troel's magic mirror" theatrical trailer. 131 min. DVD X3843
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Films of Arne Sucksdorff (1955)
Presents a feature length film followed by four short films, all scripted, edited and directed by the distinguished Swedish nature cinematographer Arne Sucksdorff. Contents: "The Great Adventure" (78 min.) presents a rare glimpse of wild animal life and its special relationship with humans, as depicted through the eyes of a small boy. -- "Struggle for Survival" (ca. 10 min.) -- "Shadows on the Snow" (ca. 10 min.) -- "The Hunter and the Forest" (ca. 8 min.) - "The Shadow of the Hunter" (ca. 6 min.) 999:3618
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The Freethinker (Fritänkaren) (Sweden, 1994)
Directed by Peter Watkins. Using dramatic re-enactments, presents a non-linear depiction of the life of Swedish novelist and playwright, August Strindberg. Depicted as a rebel, an idealistic and controversial iconoclast Strindberg openly criticized the hypocrisy of 19th century society. 274 min. DVD X1195
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From the Life of the Marionettes (Ur marionetternas liv) (1980)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Robert Atzorn, Christine Buchegger, Martin Benrath, Rita Russek, Lola Muethel. Peter and Katerina seem to have a perfect marriage but beneath the facade lies a loveless marriage. Locked in a desolate relationship, Peter often dreams of killing his wife. His encounter with a prostitute sparks in him an explosive rage that leads to rape and murder. In this disturbing study of repression and obsession, Bergman contrasts stark black and white flashbacks with vivid color images that flood the screen with the horror of the present. 104 min. vhs 999:2884
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Män som hatar kvinnor)(Sweden | Denmark | Germany | Norway, 2009)
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev. Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Peter Haber, Sven-Bertil Taube. Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found and her beloved uncle is convinced she was murdered and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced investigative journalist Mickael Blomkvist and the tattooed and troubled yet resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. Based on the book by Stieg Larsson. 152 min. DVD X4130
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The Girl Who Played With Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (Sweden | Denmark | Germany, 2010)
Directed by Daniel Alfredson. Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Repace, Annika Hallin, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson. Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. A researcher and a Millennium journalist about to expose the truth about the sex trade in Sweden are brutally murdered, and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and violent behavior makes her an official danger to society. Digging deeper, Blomkvist unearths evidence implicating highly placed members of Swedish society, as well as shocking details about Salander's past. Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson. 129 min. DVD X5012
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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest (Luftslottet som sprängdes) (Sweden | Denmark | Germany, 2009)
Directed by Daniel Alfredson. Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Annika Hallin, Anders Ahlbom. The final installment of Stieg Larsson's 'Millennium' trilogy. Lisbeth Salander is fighting for her life in more ways than one. In an intensive care unit and charged with three murders, she will have to not only prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce the same corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life. Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now, Lisbeth Salander is fighting back. Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson. 129 min. DVD X5205
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Gösta Berlings Saga (Silent, 1924)
Directed by Mauritz Stiller. Cast: Greta Garbo, Lars Hanson. The story centers around the alcoholic defrocked priest, Gosta Berling, and his life and relationships with the people of Ekeby Manor and Varmland. 85 min. DVD 5626; vhs 999:2901
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Gladiatorerna (The Gladiators) (Sweden, 1969)
Directed by Peter Watkins. Cast: Arthur Pentelow, Kenneth Lo, Hans Bendrik, Frederick Danner, Bjorn Franzen, Pik-Sen Lim, J.Z. Kennedy, Christer Gynge.In this pacifist satire set some time in the future, East and West have stopped maintaining standing armies and nuclear weapons. Instead, to maintain international and internal security and to divert mankind's natural aggression, the UN organizes a series of military games televised world-wide, which are often fought to the death by different teams of crack combat specialists. 91 min. DVD X1196
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The Great Adventure (Det Stora äventyret)(1953)
Directed by Arne Sucksdorff. "A vixen mother invades a chicken coop to provide food for her cubs. She continues to raid the coop until she is shot by a farmer. The cubs are attacked by the farmer and only one survives. An otter trapped in a burrow is rescued by 10-year-old Anders and his six-year-old brother, Kjell. In secret, the boys cage the animal and finally domesticate it. They obtain food for the Otter by fishing through the ice on a frozen lake. The boys manage to keep their secret from their family. On the eve of the May Day festival, Kjell reveals to family and friends the otter's presence. Anders is so distressed that he runs into the woods with the otter. The otter breaks away and returns to its life of natural freedom. The film was a prize winner at the 1954 Cannes Film Festival." [IMDB] 78 min. vhs 999:3618

Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen)(1968)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Max Von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Gertrud Fridh, Georg Rydeberg, Erland Josephson. The nature of artistic creation and the relationship of artist and society is explored through the theme of the Hour of the wolf. The ancient Romans believed that during this hour, just before dawn and the coming of light, nightmare came to life. 88 min. DVD 2590; vhs 999:726
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Awards

National Society of Film Critics - Best Director

I Am Curious (Blue) [Jag är nyfiken - en film i blått) (1968)
Directed by Vilgot Sjoman. Cast: Lena Nyman, Vilgo Sjoman, Borje Ahlstedt, Peter Lindgren. This sequel film to I am curious (Yellow) follows young Lena on her continuing journey of self-discovery, as she confronts issues of religion, sexuality and the prison system, while at the same time exploring her own personal relationships. It is considered an important work in its honest and forthright portrayal of the social, political and sexual problems of Sweden's youth in the 1960's. In this sequel, employing a mix of dramatic and documentary techniques, political activist and filmmaker Lena journeys far into the deserted north, filming the beautiful wilderness of decidedly unmodern Sweden. 103 min. DVD 205; vhs 999:3254
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Åberg, Erik "The Reception of Vilgot Sjöman’s Curious films Anders Wilhelm." In: Swedish film : an introduction and reader / edited by Mariah Larsson & Anders Marklund. Lund : Nordic Academic Press, c2010. (Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.S8 S864 2010)

I Am Curious (Yellow) (Jag ar nyfiken - en film i gult) (1967)
Directed by Vilgot Sjoman. Cast: Lena Nyman, Vilgot Sjoman, Borge Ahlstedt, Peter Lindgren, Chris Wahlstrom. Using an innovative stylistic approach, director Vilgot Sjoman deliberately blurs the lines between the characters' lives and those of the actors portraying them. Lena, the film's protagonist/star is a true woman of the 60's. In a search for her own selfhood, she becomes a political activist, challenging traditional values on the issues of militarism, social equality and sexual liberation. The film was seized by U.S. Customs and released in the U.S. only after the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the ruling of a lower court. 95 min. DVD 204; vhs 999:1045
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Åberg, Erik "The Reception of Vilgot Sjöman’s Curious films Anders Wilhelm." In: Swedish film : an introduction and reader / edited by Mariah Larsson & Anders Marklund. Lund : Nordic Academic Press, c2010. (Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.S8 S864 2010)

I Am Curious
Film actress Lena Nyman is Bjorkman's guide on a journey through Nordic cinema history, attempting to discover the special elements of Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish and Icelandic cinema. Includes film clips and conversations with filmmakers such as Lars von Trier, Stefan Jarl, Liv Ullman and Aki Kaurismaäki. 1998. Video/C MM444

Ingeborg Holm (1913)
Directed by Victor Sjostrom. Cast: Hilda Borgstrom, Aron Lindgren, Erik Lindholm. When her husband dies, Ingeborg Holm's children are taken away and she is sent to a workhouse. Learning that her daughter is gravely ill, Ingeborg tries to see her and goes mad with grief when she dies. The film was intended as an attack on Sweden's harsh poor laws, which it helped to reform. 72 min. DVD 9804
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Intermezzo (1936)
Directed by Gustaf Molander. Cast: Gosta Ekman, Inga Tidblad, Ingrid Bergman. A young aspiring pianist falls in love with a famous concert violinist, the father of one of her pupils. He leaves his family and goes with her on an extended concert tour through Europe, but a near-fatal accident involving his daughter leads him to reassess his family obligations. 91 min. DVD 1179
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Kitchen Stories (Salmer fra kjøkkenet) (Norway / Sweden, 2003)
Directed by Bent Hamer. Cast: Joachim Calmeyer, Tomas Norstrom, Reine Brynolfsson, Bjorn Floberg. An observer from the Swedish Home Research Institute is sent to study the kitchen habits of an elderly bachelor in postwar Norway. The researcher's objectivity is potentially compromised by his growing friendship with the old farmer. 91 min. DVD 3022
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A Lesson in Love (Lektion i kärlek) (1954)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Eva Dahlbeck, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Yvonne Lombard, Harriet Andersson, Ake Gronberg. Obstetrician Gunnar Bjornstrand, happily married for 15 years to Dahlbeck, has an affair with a patient. Eva Dahlbeck, when she finds out, returns to her former lover - the husband's best friend. 95 min. 999:2903
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Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in) (Sweden, 2008)
Directed by Tomas Alfredson. Cast: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Peter Carlberg, Ika Nord, Henrik Dahl, Karin Bergquist, Mikael Rahm, Karl-Robert Lindgred, Anders T. Peedu, Pale Olofsson. 12-year-old Oscar is a fragile and bullied boy who finds love and revenge when he meets Eli. Eli is a beautiful but peculiar girl he befriends. She has moved into his building but Oscar does not know that she and her father are vampires. When strange disappearances and murders start happening in the town, suspicions mount from her neighbors and police. Eli must move on to stay alive or stay to help Oscar the only way she knows how. Based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist. 115 min. DVD X1869
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Lilja 4-ever (Sweden / Denmark, 2002)
Directed by Lukas Moodysson. Cast: Oksana Akinsjina, Artiom Bogutjarskij, Elina Benenson, Ljubov Agapova, Lilja Sinkarjova, Pavel Ponomarjov, Tomas Neumann. Film based on Mozart's opera. Abandoned by her mother, sixteen year-old Lilya lives in desperate conditions in a derelict suburb of the former Soviet Union. Her sole friend is eleven year-old Volodya, himself an outcast. Set against a realistic backdrop of the world they live in, they fantisize of a life elsewhere. 105 min. DVD 3315
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Bardan, Alice Mihaela. "'Enter Freely, and of Your Own Will': Cinematic Representations of Post-Socialist Transnational Journeys." In: Transnational feminism in film and media / edited by Katarzyna Marciniak, Anikó Imre, and Áine O'H New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 T73 2007)
Delaney, Kate. "Are We There Yet? Immigration to "America" in Post-Cold War Cinema." European Contributions to American Studies; Oct2005, Vol. 60, p49-56, 8p UC users only
Graffy, Julian. "Trading places." Sight & Sound; April 2003, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p20-22, 3p UC users only
Jones, Kristin Marriott. "Lilja 4-ever." Film Comment, March/April 2003, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p73-74, 2p UC users only
Kristensen, Lars. "Divergent Accounts of Equivalent Narratives: Russian-Swedish Interdevochka Meets Swedish-Russian Lilya 4-ever." PORTAL: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, Jul2007, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p1-22, 22p
Lally, Kevin. "Lilja 4-ever." Film Journal International, Apr2003, Vol. 106 Issue 4, p37, 2p UC users only
Noh, David. "Hardcore Spiritualism." Film Journal International, May2003, Vol. 106 Issue 5, p19, 2p UC users only
Rayns, Tony. "Lilja 4-ever." Sight & Sound, May 2003, Vol. 13 Issue 5, p56-58, 2p UC users only
Sparrman, Anna. "Film as a political and educational device: talk about men, male sexuality and gender among Swedish youth." Visual Studies, Oct2006, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p167-182, 16p UC users only
Tench Coxe, Brinton. "Playground-Graveyard: Violence, the Body and Borderline Urban Space in "Lilja 4-Ever"." Ulbandus Review , Vol. 13, Violence (2010), pp. 29-40 UC users only
Wilson, Emma. "Children, emotion and viewing in contemporary European film." Screen, Autumn 2005, Vol. 46 Issue 3, p329-340, 12p UC users only

The Magic Flute (Trollflöjten) (1975)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Ulrik Cold, Josef Kostlinger, Eric Saeden, Birgit Nordin, Irma Urrila. Film based on Mozart's opera. Story of a young prince's quest to save a beautiful princess from evil forces. Performed in Swedish with English subtitles. 134 min. DVD 214
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The Magician (Ansiktet) (1958)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Bjorstrand. A wandering magician & his troupe arrive in Stockholm where they encounter considerable disdain and are examined by a committee. However, the magician's presence begins to merge the supernatural with the comic and the result is a thinking man's horror film. Bonus DVD features: Brief 1967 interview with director Ingmar Berman about the film ; rare English-language audio interview with Bergman conducted by filmmakers Olivier Assayas and Stig Björkman in 1990. 101 min. DVD X4777; vhs 999:458
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion Award

Bergman, Ingmar. Four screenplays; translated from the Swedish by Lars Malmstrom and David Kushner. (NRLF (UCB) PT9875.B54 A25 1960)

A Man There Was (Terje Vigen) (1917)
Directed by Victor Sjostrom. Cast: Victor Sjostrom, Bergliot Husberg, August Falck, Edith Erastoff. Terje Vigen, a sailor, suffers the loss of his family through the cruelty of another man. Years later, when his enemy's family finds itself dependent on Terje's beneficence, Terje must decide whether to avenge himself. 53 min. DVD 9804
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Miss Julie (Fröken Julie) (1951)
Director, Alf Sjöberg. Cast: Stella Andrassy, Herman G. Weinberg and Mario de Vecchi. Anita Bjork, Ulf Palme, Marta Dorff, Lissi Alandh, Anders Henrikson, Inga Gill, Ake Fridell, Kurt-Olof Sundstrom, Max von Sydow, Margareta Krook, Ake Claesson, Inger Norberg, Jan Hagerman. The young miss Julie lives in a mansion with her father. She has recently broken up her engagement but is attracted to one of the servants, Jean. They spend the midsummer night together, telling memories and their dreams to each other. Realizing that an affair between a man of the people and an aristocrat is impossible, they plan to escape to Switzerland. Based on the play by August Strindberg. Special features: Video essay with Peter Cowie; interview with Alf Sjoberg; 2006 television documentary about the play "Miss Julie" and August Strindberg; theatrical trailer. 90 min. DVD 9488; vhs Video/C 1078
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Monika (Sommaren med Monika)(1953)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Harriet Andersson (Monika), Lars Ekborg (Harry). A promiscuous girl and young boy leave the city to spend an idyllic summer. Monika, 17 years old and Harry Lund 19 years meet in a cafe. They spend a happy summer together, and soon Monika discovers that she is pregnant. They marry, but Monika is bored with taking care of the baby and the responsibilities of married life. She begins an affair with a former lover and their marriage falls apart. 82 min. DVD X4809; vhs 999:227
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My Life as a Dog (Mitt Liv Som Hund)(1987)
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Cast: Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Bromssen, Anki Liden, Melinda Kinnaman, Kicki Rundgren Bundled off to a rural village while his ill mother recuperates, a young boy finds adventure with the town's warm hearted eccentrics. Based on the novel: Mitt liv som hund by Reidar Jonsson (Main Stack PT9876.2.O32.M57131 1989) 101 min. DVD 259
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Awards
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

The New Land (Nybyggarna) (1972)
Directed by Jan Troell. Cast: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann. The story of Swedish newcomers to America, whose unadorned, heroic lives in 1850's Minnesota are marked by hardship, courage, faith and determination. Film also captures the tragic desperation that led Sioux tribes to ingnite the bloodiest Native American uprising in American history. 159 min. 999:1479
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Awards
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Night is My Future (Morkret ar min framtid; aka Music Is My Future; Musik i mörker) (1947)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Mai Zetterling, Birger Malmsten, Olof Winnerstrand, Naima Wifstrand, Hilda Borgstrom, Douglas Hage. In this poignant love story a young soldier is wounded in the war and loses his eyesight. Back home he develops a platonic relationship with his maid, but they eventually go their separate ways. After many years when they meet again, can friedship become love? 88 min. 999:3188
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The Outlaw and His Wife (Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru) (1918)
Director, Victor Sjostrom. Cast: John Ekman, Edith Erastoff, Victor Sjostrom, Nils Arehn. The story of a farmer, hunted by the police for a petty crime, who with his wife must flee into the hills to escape detection. Eventually the couple, still united by their mutual love, succumb to the brutal forces of nature. 73 min. DVD 9805; vhs 999:2883
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Passion of Anna (En Passion)(1969)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson, Erland Josephson. "One of Bergman's first films to be photographed in color ... stark drama ... Max Von Sydow is Andreas, a flinty, dour loner who, despite himself, becomes involved with three of his island neighbors: a Machiavellian architect, his formless wife and the beautiful widow Anna (Liv Ullmann), a moralist who sustains herself with illusion"--Slipcase. 101 min. DVD 2588
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Pensionat Oskar (Like It Never Was Before) (Sweden / Denmark, 1995)
Directed by Susanne Bier. Cast: Loa Falkman, Stina Ekblad, Simon Norrthon, Sif Ruud, Ghita Norby. The Runeberg family is an ordinary middle class Swedish family with a house in the suburbs, a car and three children. By vacationing in a rented house by the sea, the hope is that the tension and anxieties which exist between the husband Rune and his wife will disappear. However, instead of spending time with his family, Rune finds himself attracted to a young man. 108 min. DVD 2474
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Persona (1966)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Bjornstrand. A famous actress is stricken with psychosomatic dumbness and is placed under a nurse's care in an isolated house, where the two gradually assume each other's personalities. 81 min. DVD 2591; vhs 999:49
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Awards
National Society of Film Critics - Best Director

Phantom Chariot (Körkarlen) (1921; silent)
Directed by Victor Sjöström. Cast: Victor Sjöström, Astrid Holm, Hilda Borgstrom, Tore Svennberg. Based on Selma Lagerlöf's rendition of a Swedish folktale, this moody, surrealistic drama takes its title from Death's favorite mode of transportation, which must be driven by the last sinner to die before year's end. Victor Sjöström directs and stars as David Holm, a belligerent drunkard who must contend with past misdeeds of pettiness and alcoholism as he gathers the souls of the dead. DVD includes the original Swedish version, The phantom carriage (Körkarlen) as well as the edited American release. 59 min. DVD X4480; vhs 999:1200
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Port of Call (Hamnstad)(1948)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Nine-Christine Jonsson, Bengt Eklund, Mimi Nelson, Berta Hall, Birgitta Valberg, Sif Ruud, Britta Billsten. Berit, a suicidal young woman living in a working-class port town, unexpectedly falls for Gosta, a sailor on leave. Haunted by a troubled past and held in a vice grip by her domineering mother, Berit begins to hope that her relationship with Gosta might save her from self-destruction. Based on the story Guldet och murarna by Olle Lansberg. 97 min. DVD 7568
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Private Confessions (Enskilda samtal) (TV, 1997)
Directed by Liv Ullmann. Cast: Pernilla August, Max von Sydow, Samuel Froler. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Anna Bergman becomes involved in a passionate affair with a young seminarian. The story of the relationship and its aftermath are told in a series of five conversations. From the book 'Enskilda samtal' by Ingmar Bergman. 127 min. 999:2921
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The Rite (Ritual) (Riten) (1969)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Anders Ek, Erik Hell. A Kafka-esque drama, about three actors accused of performing an obscene variety show. In a brutal inquisition, a sadistic judge exposes the neuroses of each troup member. More than a parable on censorship, this complex story focuses on how the trauma affects the players. 75 min. 999:1210
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The Saga of Gosta Berling (Gösta Berlings saga) (1924)
Directed by Mauritz Stiller. Cast: Lars Hanson, Greta Garbo, Gerda Lundequist, Jenny Hasselqvist, Ellen Hartman-Cederstrom. Gosta Berling, a defrocked priest, encounters a series of adventures and loves in his tumultuous journey to redemption. Along the way, he encounters the beautiful Elisabeth, played by Greta Garbo in her first major screen role. Based on the novel by Selma Lagerlof. Special features: Excerpt from Luffarpeter, an early film with Greta Garbo (1922) -- Rediscovering Sweden : Peter Cowie introduces the films of Mauritz Stiller -- Newsreel footage of Garbo's departure from Sweden -- Reklamfilm PUB Garbo, advertising films featuring a young Garbo. 184 min. DVD 5626
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Saraband (TV, 2003)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Borje Ahlstedt, Julia Durvenius, Gunnel Fred. Johan and Marianne lost touch after their divorce. Years later Marianne looks up Johan and tries to get him out of isolation. Upon her arrival to his home, they spend several intense weeks together. Sequel to Scenes From A Marriage. Bergman's last film. 111 min. DVD 5368
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Sawdust and Tinsel (Gycklarnas Afton) (1953)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Harriet Andersson, Ake Groenberg, Hasse Ekman.The owner of a travelling circus leaves his mistress for his separated wife, and is challenged to fight by the mistress's new lover. Special DVD features: Film includes five minutes of material not included in previous U.S. releases; audio commentary by Bergman scholar Peter Cowie; video introduction by Bergman from 2003; new and improved English subtitle translation; plus, a new essay by critic John Simon and an appreciation by filmmaker Catherine Breillat. 87 min. DVD 8889
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Scenes from a Marriage (Scener ur ett Äktenskap) (1973)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Liv Ullman, Erland Josephson, Bibi Andersson, Jan Malmsjo, Anita Wall. Explores fully a bond between two people, who won't give each other up, in or out of marriage. The film explores their relationship over a 20 year period, during which they grow, each in their own way. 170 min. DVD 2884; vhs 999:2053
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Awards

Golden Globes, USA - Best Foreign Film
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Film

Secrets of Women (Kvinnors Väntan) (1952)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Anita Bjork, Eva Dahlbeck, Maj-Britt Nilsson, Karl-Arne Holmsten, Jarl Kulle, Birger Malmsten, Gunnar Bjornstrand. Three dissatisfied wives tell each other about their affairs and marriages as they wait for their husbands to arrive for the weekend. 108 min. 999:1049
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The Serpent's Egg (Schlangenei) (1977)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: David Carradine, Liv Ullmann, Gert Froebe, Heinz Bennett, Glynn Turman, James Whitmore. An American trapeze act comes to pre-World War II Germany; two of the members are trapped inside Berlin after the other commits suicide. They find work with Dr. Vergerus at St. Ana's clinic, and soon discover that all is not what it appears to be. 119 min. DVD 2587
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Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde Inseglet) (1957)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Gunnar Bjornstrand, Max Von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Inga Gill. A knight and his squire return from their crusades to a plague-stricken Sweden. The knight is greeted by a personified Death who forces the knight to fight for his life by playing a game of chess. As the game progresses, the knight travels through Sweden, seeking the meaning of life and death. 96 min. DVD 18
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Bergman, Ingmar. Four screenplays; translated from the Swedish by Lars Malmstrom and David Kushner. (NRLF (UCB) PT9875.B54 A25 1960)

The Shame (Skammen) (1968)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Liv Ullmann, Max Von Sydow. Two married concert violinists are morally challenged when a war they hoped to escape rages across their island refuge. 103 min. DVD 2589; vhs 999:704
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Awards

National Society of Film Critics - Best Picture; Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

Show Me Love (Fucking Åmål) (1998)
Directed by Lukas Moodysson. Cast: Alexandra Dahlstrom, Rebecca Liljeberg, Erica Carlson, Mathias Rust. Story of Agnes and Elin and their teenage friends growing up in the small town of Amal, Sweden. When Elin shows up at Agnes' birthday party, Elin's life takes an unexpected turn. Stuck in the middle of two love interests, Elin tried to come to terms with her real self, and the courage it takes to be different. 89 min. DVD 1860
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The Silence (Tystnaden) (1963)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Ingrid Thulin, Gunnel Lindblom, Birger Malmsten, Hakan Jahnberg, Jorgen Lindstrom. A forceful narrative of two sisters; one is a frustrated lesbian with no future, the other a free-loving mother of a 10-year old boy. This third film of Bergman's religious trilogy, centers on the love/hate relationship between these two sisters. 95 min. DVD 1853; vhs 999:1048
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Sir Arne's Treasure: A Winter Ballad in Five Acts as Filmed (Herr Arnes pengar)(1919)
Directed by directed by Mauritz Stiller. Cast: Eric Stocklassa, Bror Berger, Richard Lund. In 16th century Sweden, three Scottish mercenaries murder Sir Arne and his household for his stolen treasure. The only survivor is Elsalill, who moves to relatives in Marstrand. There she falls in love with a charming young officer--Sir Archie, who is one of the murderers. 107 min. DVD 5638; vhs 999:1191
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Smiles of a Summer's Night (Sommarnattens Leende) (1955)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Ulla Jacobsson, Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Bjornstrand. In this clever, erotic comedy eight characters become four couples while vacationing at a country estate. 108 min. DVD 2757; vhs 999:177
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Songs from the Second Floor (Sånger från andra våningen) (2000)
Directed by Roy Andersson. Cast: Lars Nordh, Stefan Larsson, Bengt C.W. Carlsson, Torbjorn Fahlstrom, Sten Andersson, Rolando Nunez, Lucio Vucina, Per Jornelius, Peter Roth. One evening a strange series of events takes place. A clerk is degraded, a lost immigrant is violently attacked, a magician makes a terrible mistake. The following day, the signs of chaos takes hold as madness grips a board of directors and the city itself is strangled by a horrendous traffic jam. In the midst of the mayhem, one man stands out - Karl, who is covered from head to toe in soot from the store he just tried to burn down for the insurance money. The new millennium is blamed for casting such a vast mental breakdown and Karl gradually realizes just how difficult it is to be human. 98 min. DVD 2999
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize

Speak Up! It's So Dark.. (Tala! Det är så mörkt) (1992)
Director, Suzanne Osten. Cast: Etienne Glaser, Simon Norrthon. Jacob, a Jewish psychiatrist, and Soren, a Nazi skinhead, meet accidentally. Soren has just been beaten up while taking part in a neo-Nazi demonstration. After attending to Soren's wounds, Jacob asks him to come to his office the following afternoon. Thus begins a series of explosive, sometime shocking encounters that radically affect both men. Soren begins the sessions as an unapologetic racist and neo-Nazi, while Jacob, whose relatives were killed at Auschwitz, must confront his own rage and fear. 86 min. 999:3616
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Summer Interlude (Sommarlek) (1951)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Maj-Britt Nilsson, Birger Malmsten, Alf Kjellin. A prima ballerina remembers a happy summer she spent with a boy who was tragically killed. 95 min. 999:225
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Thirst (Törst)(aka Three Strange Loves)(1949)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Eva Henning, Birger Malmsten, Birgit Tengroth, Hasse Ekman, Mimmi Nelson, Bengt Eklund, Gaby Stenberg, Naima Wifstrand. A couple traveling across war-ravaged Europe. A disintegrating marriage. A ballet dancer's scarred past. Elliptically told in flashbacks and multiple narrative threads, this film shows people enslaved to memory and united in isolation. 84 min. DVD 7567; vhs 999:2896
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Thomas Graal's Best Child (Thomas Graals Bästa Barn) (1918; silent with English intertitles)
Directed by Mauritz Stiller. The comical adventures of a screenwriter who married his secretary who is now acting in his movies. When a child comes along the parents disagree over how to raise a "modern" youngster73 min. 999:1193

Through a Glass Darkly (Såsom i en Spegel) (1961)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Cast: Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Max Von Sydow, Lars Passgard. A gloomy look at God and love through the eyes of a tormented family who search for God in a time of crisis. Plot centers around the mental illness suffered by the daughter, Karin. The first of a trilogy of films (Winter Light, The Silence) which explored man's relationship with a God as Ingmar Bergman saw it. 90 min. DVD 1855; vhs 999:1047
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Awards
Academy Award - Foreign Language Film

To Joy (Till glädje)(1949)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Maj-Britt Nilsson, Stig Olin, Birger Malmsten, John Ekman, Margit Carlquist, Victor Sjostrom. An orchestra violinist's dreams of becoming a celebrated soloist and fears of his own mediocrity get in the way of his marriage to the patient, caring Marta. Played out to the music of Beethoven, this film is a heartbreaking tale of one man's inability to overcome the demons standing in the way of his happiness. 99 min. DVD 7566
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Together (Tillsammans)(Sweden / Denmark / Italy, 2000)
Written and directed by Lukas Moodysson. Cast: Imor Hermann, Maggie Widstrand, Lisa Lindgren, Michael Nyqvist. A tale of life in a commune in mid-70's Sweden. Life at the commune is crowded with people and with laid-back attitudes towards sex, nudity, and recreational drug use, prompting plenty of political debate. 107 min. DVD 2467
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Torment (Hets)(1944)
Directed by Alf Sjöberg. Written by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Stig Jarrel, Alf Kjellin, Mai Zetterling, Olof Winnerstrand, Gosta Cederlund, Stig Olin, Gunnar Bjornstrand. A dark coming-of-age drama about a boarding-school senior, Widgren, terrorized by his sadistic Latin teacher. When Widgren falls for a troubled local girl, Bertha, he finds himself caught up even further in a web of emotional mind games. 101 min. DVD 7570
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The Virgin Spring (Jungfrukällan) (1959)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitta Pettersson, Axel Duberg, Tor Isedal, Allan Edwall, Ove Porath, Axel Slangus, Guburn Brost, Oscar Ljung, Tor Borong, Leif Forstenberg. A devout girl is raped and murdered by herders on her way to church. When her attackers seek shelter at her home, their crime is discovered and a bloody vengeance exacted. 88 min. DVD 4987; vhs 999:1209
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Awards

Academy Award - Foreign Language Film
Golden Globes, USA - Foreign Language Film (Samuel Goldwyn Award)

Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället) (1957)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Victor Sjostrom, Bibi Andersson, Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Bjornstrand. A distinguished professor emeritus who lives alone with his housekeeper can only come to terms with his egocentricity by traveling back in time to his earliest youth, finding there the seeds of his failure as husband, lover, father. This film deals with the phenomena of old age wherein childhood memories return with ever-increasing clarity while great stretches of the prime of life vanish into obscurity. 93 min. DVD 1065
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Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Film
National Board of Review Award - Best Foreign Film

Bergman, Ingmar. Four screenplays; translated from the Swedish by Lars Malmstrom and David Kushner. (NRLF (UCB) PT9875.B54 A25 1960)

Winter Light (Nattvardsgästerna) (1963)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman & Max Von Sydow. Cast: Max Von Sydow, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Ingrid Thulin. A tormented, widowed pastor finds one winter day that he no longer has faith in God. The second of a trilogy of films (Through a glass darkly, The Silence) which explored man's relationship with God as Ingmar Bergman saw it. 80 min. DVD 1854; vhs 999:1058
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Witchcraft Through the Ages (Häxan) (Denmark / Sweden, 1922)
Directed by Benjamin Christiansen. Through painstaking research, this silent Swedish docu-drama attempts to reconstruct the practices of witchcraft and satanism from the 15th through the 17th centuries, concluding with cases of demoniac possession in the 1920's. 131 min. DVD 2463
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Bachmann, Gideon. "Program notes by Gideon Bachmann for Benjamin Christensen's "Witchcraft Through the Ages," shown in February, 1958." Wide Angle, 1997, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p98-102, 5p
Kendrick, James. "A Witches' Brew of Fact, Fiction and Spectacle: Benjamin Christensen's Häxan(The Witch, 1922)." Kinoeye, vol. 3, no. 11, 2003 Oct 13
Monty, Ib. "Benjamin Christensen in Germany: The Critical Reception of His Films in the 1910s and 1920s." In: Nordic explorations : film before 1930 / edited by John Fullerton and Jan Olsson. London : J. Libbey, c1999. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.75 .N67 1999)
Walker, Alison Tara. "The Sound of Silents: Aurality and Medievalism in Benjamin Christensen's Häxan." In: Mass market medieval : essays on the Middle Ages in popular culture / edited by David W. Marshall. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks CB353 .M37 2007)

You, the Living (Du levande) (Sweden | Germany | France | Denmark | Norway | Japan, 2007)
Directed by Roy Andersson. Cast: Jessika Lundberg, Elisabet Helander, Björn Englund. Hypnotic and darkly humorous, this film is a uniquely Scandinavian take on the absurdities of life as it traces a series of bizarre, deadpan and comic vignettes which wryly address the meaning (or lack thereof) of life. 95 min. DVD X4458
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The Bothersome Man (Den Brysomme mannen) (Norway / Iceland, 2006)
Directed by Jens Lien. Cast: Trono Fausa Aurvag, Petrollena Barker, Per Schanning, Birgitte Larsen. Bothersome man: Forty-year-old Andreas arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there. He is presented with a job, an apartment - even a wife. But before long, Andreas notices that something is wrong. He makes an attempt to escape the city, but discovers there's no way out. Andreas meets Hugo, who has found a crack in a wall in his cellar. Beautiful music streams out from the crack. Maybe it leads to "the other side"? A new plan for escape is hatched. 90 min. DVD 7163
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Buddy (2003)
Directed by Morten Tyldum. Cast: Nicolai Cleve Broch, Aksel Hennie, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Pia Tjelta, Janne Formoe. Kristoffer's love life is on the rocks. But what can you expect from a guy who likes to videotape himself and his friends pulling outrageous stunts? So when Kristoffer's video diary winds up at a popular TV show, it's not just his love life that turns upside down. A vibrant young cast explores the true meaning of friendship and love in a heart-warming story about hijinks, crazy roommates and reality television. 100 min. DVD 6312
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Elling (2001)
Directed by Petter Naess. Cast: Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin, Marit Pia Jacobsen, Jorgen Langhelle, Per Christensen. After a two year stint in a state home, the shy and neurotic Elling and his sex-obsessed best friend, Kjell, are released and forced to enter the real world. They find themselves in a state funded apartment in the center of Oslo, told to behave responsibly and act like normal members of society. In time, the two adjust and find oddball ways of coping with society. 153 min. 999:2675
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Growth of the Soil (Markens grøde) (Silent, 1920)
Directed by Gunnar Sommerfeldt. Cast: Amund Rydland, Karen Thalbitzer, Ragna Wettergreen. Reputed to be the first feature produced in Norway, tells the saga of a brave pioneer who conquers the wilderness, builds a home, and eventually sees the area develop into a thriving community. 67 min. 999:3623
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[Hamsun, Knut] Hamsun (Germany / Norway / Sweden / Denmark, 1996)
Directed by Jan Troell. Cast: Max von Sydow, Ghita Norby, Nette Hoff, Asa Soderling, Eindride Eidsvold, Gard Eidsvold, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Erik Hiviu, Edgar Selge, Ernst Jacobi. Based on true events this is the story of Knut Hamsun, Norway's most beloved author, who supported Hitler during World War II and was regarded as a traitor after the war. Although Hamsun believed it was his destiny to rescue his country from the ravages of a World War, he and his wife Marie faced the angry wrath of a betrayed nation and the private drama of their turbulent relationship. 153 min. DVD X3346; 999:2675
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Hawaii, Oslo (Denmark / Sweden / Norway, 2004)
Directed by Erik Poppe. Cast: Trond Espen Seim, Jan Gunnar Reise, Evy Kasseth Rosten. Hawaii, Oslo is the story of a handful of desperate people whose paths cross on the hottest day of the year in Oslo. Frode and Milla have their first child, but learn he will not live long without an expensive operation they cannot afford. Bobbie-Pop is a faded singer who tries to commit suicide. Leon is an institutionalized mental patient, who hopes to keep a 10-year-old date on his birthday with his teenage sweetheart. Leon's brother, Trygve, gets a weekend leave from prison to be with Leon on his birthday, but plans on using the furlough to escape. Overseeing Leon and protecting him is his guardian angel Vidar, Leon's best buddy at the institution, who sees things no one else can see, and who may be able to save everyone--except himself. 138 min. DVD 6308; DVD 5883 is a non-US format DVD (PAL)
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Insomnia (1997)
Directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg. Cast: Stellan Skarsgard, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Bjorn Floberg, Gisken Armand, Maria Bonnevie. Disgraced Swedish detective Jonas Engstrom travels to Northern Norway to solve a brutal murder. After making a fatal error in his investigation and attempting to cover it up, the detective finds himself implicated in the crime he was sent to solve. Haunted by guilt and unable to sleep through the night of the midnight sun, Engstrom quickly loses his grip on the case and his mind. 97 min. DVD 784
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Junk Mail (Budbringeren) (1996)
Directed by Pål Sletaune. One day when a young woman forgets her keys in the mailbox a disaffected postman goes up to her apartment and unwittingly becomes involved in a web of crime and danger. (PAL Format tape.) 83 min. 999:2454
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Kitchen Stories (Salmer fra kjøkkenet) (2003)
Directed by Bent Hamer. An observer from the Swedish Home Research Institute is sent to study the kitchen habits of an elderly bachelor in postwar Norway. The researcher's objectivity is potentially compromised by his growing friendship with the old farmer. 91 min. DVD 3022
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Monster Thursday (Monstertorsdag) (2004)
Director, Arild Østin Ommundsen. Cast: Vegar Hoel, Silie Salomonsen, Kim Bodnia, Andreas Cappelen, Christian Skolmen, Iben Hjejle, Gaulid Marko Kanic. A quirky romantic drama set in remote coastal Norway takes the viewer on a tumultuous ride through surfing aspirations, extreme weather and love. Three friends, a love triangle and the quest for the perfect wave. 103 min. DVD 6340
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The Other Side of Sunday (Søndagsengler) (1996)
Director, Berit Nesheim. Cast: Marie Theisen, Bjorn Sundquist, Hildegun Riise, Sylvia Salvesen, Ann Kristin Rasmussen, Martin Dahl Garfalk, Ina Sofie Brodal, Jorgen Langhelle, Hallvard Holmen. for the things she was denied growing up in a conservative household in Norway. She wants to wear earrings, meet boys, and go out with friends, but most of all she wants to drink a soda at the "den of sin," her father's name for the local cafe. 103 min. DVD 2460
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Ofelas (Pathfinder) (1987)
Director, Nils Gaup. Cast: Mikkel Gaup, Nils Utsi, Svein Scharffenberg, Helgi Skulason, Sara Marit Gaup, Sverre Porsanger. A young Laplander, taken prisoner by the Tchude tribe and forced to be their pathfinder through the Arctic north, struggles to save his own tribe from the threat of the Tchudes. Based on a 12th century Lapp legend. 88 min. 999:3673
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The Abyss (Afgrunden)(1910)
Directed by Urban Gad. Cast: Asta Nielsen, Robert Dinesen, Poul Reumert, Hans Neergaard, Arne Weel, Oscar Stribolt. A young piano teacher, Magda, leaves her fiancé (whose father is a pastor) to follow an itinerant circus performer. The affair soon goes sour, and Magda kills her lover in a violent struggle. 37 min. DVD X770
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Antichrist(Denmark | Germany | France | Sweden | Italy | Poland, 2009)
Directed by Lars von Trier. Cast: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg. In this graphic psychodrama, a grief-stricken man and woman retreat to a cabin deep in the woods after the accidental death of their infant son, only to find terror and violence at the hands of nature and, ultimately, each other. But this most confrontational work yet from one of contemporary cinema's most controversial artists is an emotionally ravaging journey to the darkest corners of the possessed human mind. Special features: Disc 1. Audio commentary by director Lars Von Trier and film scholar Murray Smith. Disc 2. "Confessions about anxiety" interview with Lars Von Trier; "Charlotte etc." interview with Charlotte Gainsbourg; "Willem Dafoe: agent of fantasy" interview with Willem Dafoe; "The making of Antichrist" documentary; "Chaos reigns at the Cannes Film Festival 2009" documentary on the film's world premiere; "Charlotte Gainsbourg at Cannes" press interview; "Willem Dafoe at Cannes" press interview. 108 min. DVD X4955
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Babette's Feast (Babettes gætebud) (1987)
Directed by Gabriel Axel. Cast: Stephane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel, Jarl Kulle, Jean Philippe Lafont, Bibi Andersson. On the desolate coast of Denmark, two elderly, religious women take in a young woman to be their housekeeper and cook, not knowing she is a superb French chef. When the chef, Babette, wins a large sum of money, she decides to spend it all creating a magnificent meal for the simple villagers. Based on a story by Isak Dineson. In Danish and French, with English subtitles. 102 min. DVD 5512; vhs 999:1468
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Academy Award - Foreign Language Film
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film

Ballet Dancer (Balletdanserinden)(Denmark, 1911)
Directed by August Blom. Cast: Asta Nielsen, Valdemar Psilander, Johannes Poulsen, Valdemar Møller, Keren Poulsen. Camille is an actress and ballet dancer in love with Jean, a playwright. But he is love with a married women. The situation becomes yet more embroiled when Paul, a painter decides that he loves Camille. 45 min
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The Bear Tamer (Bjørnetmmeren) (1912)
Directed by Alfred Lind. Cast: Lilli Beck, Alfred LInd, Peter Fjeldstrup, Richard Jensen, Holger-Madsen. One of the only two surviving films produced by the Scandinavian-Russian Trading Company (Det Skandinavisk-Russiske Handelshus). This is a sequel to "The Flying Circus", in which Alfred Lind played the title role, wrote the script, directed and shot the film. Non-US format (PAL) DVD. 50 min. DVD 4435
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The Black Dream (Den Sorte Drøm) (German / Denmark, 1911)
Directed by Urban Gad. Cast: Asta Nielsen, Valdemar Psilander, Gunnar Helsengreen. This early silent Danish film features a love triangle between a circus performer, an aristocrat and a jeweler. The choice she makes, based upon love, still causes jealousy and suspicions between the two lovers which is finally settled by the playing of a card duel between the two suitors. 56 min. DVD X770
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Blind Justice (Hævnens nat) (1916)
Directed by Benjamin Christensen. Cast: Benjamin Christensen, Karen Sandberg, Peter Fjeldstrup, Jon Iversen, Fritz Lamprecht. A fugitive traveling with a baby is recaptured and separated from his child, and swears revenge on the woman he believes betrayed him. Non-US format DVD (PAL). 100 min. DVD 4432
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The Boss of It All (Direktøren for det hele (Denmark | Sweden | Iceland | Italy | France | Norway | Finland | Germany, 2006) )
Directed by Lars von Trier. Cast: Jens Albinus, Peter Gantzler, Fridrik Thor Fridiksson, Benedikt Erlingsson, Iben Hjejle, Henrik Prip, Mia Lyhne, Casper Christensen, Louise Meritz, Jean-Marc Barr, Sofie Gråbøl, Anders Hove. When decisions needed to be made at the office, the owner invented a nonexistent company president to hide behind. Now, forced to bring the "Boss" face-to-face with potential purchasers and employees, he hires a failed actor to play the part. Much to everyone's surprise, the unmasked boss plays the ultimate part by becoming a hero. Special features: Mockumentaries: "The actors (and the journalist) of it all" and "The foreigners of it all;" "The making of The boss of it all" featurettes; "The director of it all" featurette; "Automavision: the new dogma" featurette. 96 min. DVD X4073
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Breaking the Waves (Denmark / Sweden / France / Netherlands / Norway / Iceland, 1996)
Written and directed by Lars von Trier. Cast: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgard, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr, Udo Kier. Bess, a pious young Scottish woman, prays to God to send her husband, Jan, home from his job on an offshore oil rig. When an accident sends him home paralyzed, she's filled with guilt and submits to his wish that she take on other lovers, convinced that this will aid in his recovery. 152 min. DVD 785
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize of the Jury, Director
César Awards, France - Best Foreign Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - New Generation Award
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Film; Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Director

Candle and the Moth (Evangeliemandens liv) (1915)
Directed by Holger-Madsen. Cast: Valdemar Psilander, Birger von Cotta-Schonberg, Alma Hinding, Else Frolich, Robert Schyberg. This story tells a lurid tale of sex and crime leading to the protagonist's imprisonment and reformation. Non-US format (PAL) DVD. 60 min. DVD 4434
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Celebration (Festen) (1998)
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg. Helge Klingenfeldt is a respected Danish patriarch whose country estate is the scene of a grand celebration in honor of his sixtieth birthday. His adult children and extended family have gathered together for the occasion, but no one is ready for the bombshell about to be delivered by his oldest son, Christian, in his birthday toast: a dark family secret that contributed to his twin sister's recent suicide. 106 min. DVD 6392; vhs 999:2824
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LA Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign-Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign-Language Film

Chanter, Tina. "The Picture of Abjection: Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Celebration'." Parallax, Jan-Mar2004, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p30-39, 10p UC users only
Goss, Brian Michael. "Rebel Yell: The politics of The Celebration/Festen (1998)." Studies in European Cinema, 2009, Vol. 6 Issue 2/3, p215-227, 13p UC users only

Day of Wrath (Vredens Dag) (1943)
Directed by Carl Dreyer. The setting for this psychological study is based on existing records of witchcraft trials in Denmark during 1623. A young woman falls in love with the son of her older husband and is accused of causing her husband's death and of witchcraft; the story shows how the young woman and the community is caught in a web of fear and superstitution. 110 min. DVD 827; VHS 999:2623, & also available as a less satisfactory print, 999:344
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Denmark (1935)
Directed by Poul Henningsen. This early twentieth century silent film mosaic presents a tribute to life in Denmark, balancing humor and drama in its beautifully composed, impressionistic images. 55 min. PAL format. Video/C MM918

Dogville (2003)
Directed by Lars von Trier, 170 min. Cast: Nicole Kidman, Harriet Andersson, Lauren Bacall, Jean-Marc Barr, Paul Bettany, Blair Brown, James Caan, Patricia Clarkson, Jeremy Davies, Ben Gazzara, Philip Baker Hall, et al. Grace arrives in the isolated Rocky Mountain town of Dogville, on the run from gangsters. Initially the townspeople agree to hide her, but when outsiders start looking for the fugitive, the locals make demands of Grace in exchange for the risk of harboring her. But Grace has a secret and it's a dangerous one. Dogville may regret it ever decided to bare its teeth. Disc 2 of DVD 2821 contains "Dogville Confessions" (198 min.), a documentary depicting the intense drama that takes place during the making of Dogville as Lars Von Trier and Nicole Kidman work through the creative process under very extreme conditions. Contains deleted scenes from the feature film. DVD 3001 (US format); DVD 2821 (non-US format DVD)
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Du Skal ære Din Hustru (Master of the House) (1925)
Directed by Carl Th. Dreyer. Cast: Johanna Meyer (Victor Frandsen); Astrid Holm (Ida Frandsen); Karin Nellemose (Karen Frandsen); Mathilde Nielsen (Nanny Mads); Clare Schonfeld (Mrs Kryer, Ida's mother). The story of a spoiled husband ... and an ordinary wife and mother whose life is encompassed by the four walls of her suburban home. 80 min. 999:3467
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The Element of Crime (Forbrydelsens element_ (1984)
Directed by Lars von Trier. Cast: Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight, Meme Lai, Jerold Welss, Ahmed El Shenawi, Astrid Henning-Jensen, Janos Hersko, Preben Leerdorff-Rye, Gotha Anderson, Lars von Trier. The story of an exiled ex-cop who returns to his old beat to catch a serial killer preying on young girls. Set in Germany and shot in sepia tones with brilliant blue flashes, Von Trier boldly reinvents the expressionist style, combining dark mystery and operatic sweep to yield a celluloid nightmare. 104 min. DVD 1568
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The End of the World (Verdens undergang) (Denmark, 1916)
Directed by August Blom. Cast: Olaf Fonss, Carl Lauritzen, Ebba Thomsen, Johanne Fritz-Petersen. The rumour spreads that a comet is on a collision course with Earth, causing rioting, social unrest, and major disasters that destroy the world in this World War I-era film. Inspired by the fear evoked by Halley's Comet in 1910. 77 min. DVD X771
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Epidemic (1987)
Directed by Lars von Trier. Cast: Lars von Trier, Niels Voersel, Allan de Waal, Ole Ernst, Michael Gelting, Udo Kier, Svend Ali Hamann, Claes Kastholm Hansen, Ib Hansen. Tells the bizarre story of a director (played by von Trier himself) and a writer who create a script about a mysterious plague that engulfs Europe, only to find their horrific scenario coming true in real life. With documentary "Freedogme," featuring Lars von Trier & Wim Winders. 106 min. DVD 2985
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Europa (aka Zentropa) (Denmark / Sweden / France / Germany / Switzerland, 1991)
Directed by Lars von. Leo Kessler, an American of German descent, visits Germany in 1945 and takes a job as a night conductor on the Zentropa Railway Line, owned by a Nazi sympathizer. Leo attempts to remain neutral to the ongoing purguing of loyalists by the Allied forces, but he falls in love with the railway magnate's daughter. Special features: Danish audio commentary with director Lars von Trier and producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen ; original theatrical trailer ; Trier's Element: a documentary featuring an interview with von Trier as well as footage from Europa's set and its Cannes premiere and press conference ; Anecdotes from Europa: a short documentary featuring interviews with film historian Peter Schepelern, actor Jean-Marc Baar, Aalbaek Jensen, assistant director Tomas Gislason, co-writer Niels Vorsel, and prop master Peter Grant ; additional interviews. 107 min. DVD X751; vhs Video/C 999:3469
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The First Film Archive (Det forste filmarkiv)
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Det Danske Filmmuseum (now: Danish film Institute) presents seventy silent documentary films. Shows Danish events and people of the period 1899-1919 as well as visitors to Denmark such as Theodore Roosevelt and polar explorer Frederick Albert Cook. Original producers/donors of the films were Royal Court photographer Peter Elfelt, Ole Olsen's Nordisk Films Kompagni and the daily paper Politiken. 225 min. DVD X773

The Five Obstructions (De Fem benspænd) (2003)
Directed by Lars von Trier and Jorgen Leth. Lars von Trier enters the world of documentary filmmaking and challenges his idol Jorgen Leth to remake his 1967 film "The Perfect Human" five times, each time with a new obstruction to force Leth to rethink the story and characters of the original film. 90 min. DVD 3027
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The Flying Circus (Den flyvende cirkus) (1912)
Directed by Alfred Lind. Cast: Rasmus Ottesen, Emilie Otterdahl, Richard Jensen, Lilli Beck, Kristine Friis-Hjort, Charles Lwaas, Stella Lind. One of the only two surviving films produced by the Scandinavian-Russian Trading Company (Det Skandinavisk-Russiske Handelshus). A protagonist must decide between a good and a bad woman, with all the danger and jealousy that ensues. Non-US format (PAL) DVD. 46 min. DVD 4435
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Gertrud (1964)
Directed by Carl Dreyer. Around 1910, a woman who is unhappily married to a lawyer meets a famous poet whom she had loved, has an affair with a young composer and finally decides to live alone in Paris. Based on the play by Hjalmar Soderberg. 116 min. DVD 829; VHS 999:2441
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The Great Circus Catastrophe (Dødsspring til hest fra cirkuskuplen) (1912)
Directed by Eduard Schnedler-Sørensen. Cast: Valdemar Psilander, Ellen Rder, Jenny Roelsgaard, Aage Hertel. A loosely framed plot serves to connect a series of sensational scenes such as an escape from a burning hotel, a laison with a promiscuous woman and a dangerous circus act with a horse. Non-US format (PAL) DVD. 43 min. DVD 4434
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Himmelskibet (1918)
Directed by Holger-Madsen. Cast: Nicolai Neiiendam, Gunnar Tolnaes, Zanny Petersen, Svend Kornbeck. A lavishly produced space-travel picture and a milestone in the science fiction genre. Brave Avanti Planetaros travels to the planet Mars. Once there, he falls in love with a pretty Martian and together they return to Planet Earth to spread the Martian theories of love, peace and understanding. A timely message in the midst of World War I. 81 min. DVD X771
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Hunger (Sult) (1966)
Directed by Henning Carlsen. "Set in the late 1800s, Hunger is about a struggling, starving Norwegian writer (Per Oscarsson) who rejects charity, even though he lives penniless in the streets, because he believes in the strength of his talent. Oscarsson won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival for his remarkable performance. The film is based on Knut Hamsun's novel, Sult." [from The All-Movie Guide]. Special DVD features: Henning Carlsen interview with optional English or French subtitles; Paul Auster and Regina Hamsun interview with optional French subtitles; stills gallery; director filmography and biography. 112 min. DVD X4357; vhs 999:877
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The Idiots (Idioterne)(Spain | Denmark | Sweden | France | Netherlands | Italy, 1998)
Directed by Lars von Trier. In this film, made in accordance with the rules of the Dogma '95 Manifesto, which prescribes an excitingly radical new approach to filmmaking, director Von Trier has fashioned a truly original and thought-provoking piece of cinema. Following the exploits of a group of people who release their 'inner idiot,' thus engaging in recklessly outrageous behaviour, this film explores the relationships and motivations of those in the group and the subversive effect that they have on society at large. 110 min. DVD X4096; vhs 999:3155
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In a Better World (Hævnen)(Denmark, 2010)
Directed by Susanne Bier. Cast: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, William Jøhnk, Juel Nielsen, Markus Rygaard. The film follows two Danish families and the unusual and dangerous friendship that develops between them. Bullied at school, Elias is defended by Christian, a boy greatly troubled over his mother's death. So when the two become involved in an act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, it's their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy. 118 min. DVD X6604
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Italiensk for begyndere (Italian for Beginners)(2001)
Directed by Lone Scherfig. Cast: Anders W. Berthelsen, Ann Eleonora Jorgensen, Anette Stovelbaek, Peter Gantzler, Lars Kaalund, Karen Lise Mynster, Sara Indrio Jensen, Rikki Wolck, Elsebeth Steentoft, Carlo Barsotti. Several world-weary Danish students of an Italian language class find romance in their studies of the language of love. 112 min. DVD 2459
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The King Is Alive. (Sweden / Denmark / USA , 2001)
Directed by Kristian Levring. Cast: Miles Anderson, Romane Bohringer, David Bradley, David Calder, Bruce Davidson, Brion James, Peter Kubheka, Vusi Kunene, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Janet McTeer, Chris Walker, Lia Williams. A contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Follows the trials and tribulations of a busload of tourists who get stranded in an abandoned mining town in the middle of the African desert. After a fine bout of partying, they fall prey to the heat, isolation, and fear of death that pushes them to the extremes of introspection and emotional exploration. And in a beautifully futile gesture, they begin to rehearse a production of Shakespeare's King Lear, which helps pry open a few fragile psyches. 110 min. DVD 2462
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The Kingdom (Riget)(1994)
Directed by Lars von Trier. Cast: Ernst-Hugo Jaregard, Kirsten Rolffes, Ghita Norby, Udo Kier. The Kingdom Hospital is ailing, this venerable institution has become a carnival of horrors as a restless ghost haunts the halls crying for redemption. The patients try to contact the uneasy spirit with seances. The doctors, feeling their own inadequacy, turn to exorcism, and voodoo in desperate attempts to salvage their power as healers. But a terrible secret, buried in the past has the hospital in its grasp. But it may be too late to save The Kingdom. Television mini-series Riget originally broadcast in 1994. 265 min. DVD X666; 999:2112
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Kira's Reason: A Love Story (En Kærlighedshistorie)(2001)
Directed by Ole Christian Madsen. Cast: Stine Stengade, Lars Mikkelsen, Sven Wollter, Peaches Latrice Petersen, Camila Bendix, Lotte Bergstrom, Thomas W. Gabrielsson, Ronnie Hiort Lorenzen. Kira and her husband and two children have a secure and comfortable life until Kira inexplicably develops a psychiatric disorder that eventually commits her to a hospital. On being discharged, Kira tries to return to the normality of her previous life but discovers that her husband has had an affair during her hospitalization. 94 min. DVD 2464
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Leaves from Satan's Book (Blade af Satans Bog) (1920)
Directed by Carl Dreyer. Four episodes showing the activities of Satan through the ages : as a Pharisee at the time of Christ, as a Spanish Grand Inquisitor, as a police officer at work during the French Revolution and as a revolutionary monk in the Russo-Finnish war of 1918. Bonus DVD features: Carl Th. Dreyer biography ; alternative ending ; extra reel. 133 min. DVD X5312; DVD X764 (PAL); vhs 999:1192
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Manderlay (Denmark / Sweden / Netherlands / France / Germany / UK, 2005)
Directed by Lars Von Trier. Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Isaach De Bankhole, Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, Lauren Bacall, Chloe Sevigny. A young girl traveling across 1930's America with her father, discovers a plantation that doesn't know that slavery has been abolished. Can this well-meaning girl and her lawyer father change the minds and hearts of the plantation owners? 139 min. DVD 7479
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Melancholia (Denmark | Sweden | France | Germany, 2011)
Directed by Lars Von Trier. Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Brady Corbet, Cameron Spurr, Charlotte Rampling, Jesper Christensen, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier, Kiefer Sutherland. Justine and Michael celebrate their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of Justine's sister Claire, and brother-in-law John. Despite Claire's best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth threatening the very existence of humankind. 135 min. DVD X7196
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Mifune (1999)
Directed by Sren Kragh-Jacobsen. Cast: Iben Hjejle, Anders W. Berthelsen, Jesper Asholt, Emil Tarding, Sofie Grabol, Anders Hove, Paprika Steen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ellen Hillingso, Mette Bratlann, Susanne Storm. when he receives a phone call informing him of his father's untimely passing, his comfortable new life is thrown into turmoil. He's kept his poor, small-town past a secret from his new wife and her family and must sneak away to settle family business before his cover is blown. 126 min. DVD 2466
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Monstertorsdag (Monster Thursday) (2004)
Directed by Arild Ostin Ommundsen. Cast: Vegar Hoel, Silie Salomonsen, Kim Bodnia, Andreas Cappelen, Christian Skolmen, Iben Hjejle, Gaulid Marko Kanic. A quirky romantic drama set in remote coastal Norway takes the viewer on a tumultuous ride through surfing aspirations, extreme weather and love. Three friends, a love triangle and the quest for the perfect wave. 103 min. DVD 6340
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Open Hearts (Elsker dig for evigt) (2002)
Directed by Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen. Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Paprika Steen, Stine Bjerregaard, Birthe Neumann, Niels Olsen, Ulf Pilgaard. A film about an engaged couple that is torn apart after the man is paralyzed in an accident, and the woman falls in love with the husband of the woman who caused the accident. 109 min. DVD 5412
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Ordet (The Word) (1955)
Directed by Carl Dreyer. Cast: Henrik Malberg, Emil Hass Christensen, Preben Lerdorff Rye, Cay Kristiansen, Birgitte Federspiel. A study of spiritual faith and love; the film tells of the death of Inger in childbirth and her resurrection, a miracle that is seen as the result of human love. The film opens as a family of marshland farmers trail an idiot son (Johannes) who calls himself Christ. It closes as the demented theological student approaches the open coffin of his sister-in-law and, at the urgings of her child, brings her back to life. 126 min. DVD 828; VHS 999:2624, & also available as a less satisfactory print, 999:658
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Awards
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

Dreyer, Carl Theodor. "Ordet" In: Four screenplays. [Introd. by Ole Storm] Bloomington, Indiana University Press [1970] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 D842 1970)

The Only Way (1970)
Director, Bent Christensen. Cast: Martin Potter, Ebbe Rode, Jane Seymour, Helle Virkner, Ove SprogOe. Produced on location in Denmark, this is a faithful recounting of Denmark's valorous actions, while under the German occupation of 1940-1945, to save its Jewish citizens from extermination by the Nazis in October 1943. 86 min. 999:2961
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The Parson's Widow (Prästänkan) (Sweden / Denmark, 1920)
Director, Carl Theodore Dreyer. Cast: Hildur Carlberg, Einar Rod, Greta Almroth. In this comic melodrama a young parson wins a plum parish in 17th century Norway, but is obliged to marry the widow of his deceased predecessor and pretend his attractive fiancee is his sister. The pastor and his "sister" plot to kill the widow, claiming she is a witch. Based on a story by Kristofer Janson. DVD includes two short films by Dreyer: They caught the ferry = De nåede færgen (original title) (1948 ; ca. 11 min.) -- Thorvaldsen : Denmark's great sculptor = Thorvaldsen (1949 ; ca. 10 min.). 60 min. DVD X4367; vhs 999:3418
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Sandberg, Mark. "Mastering the House: Performative Inhabition in Carl Th. Dreyer's 'Parson's Widow" In: Northern constellations : new readings in Nordic cinema / edited by C. Claire Thomson. Norwich : Norvik Press, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.S2 N67 2006)

Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren)(Denmark | Sweden, 1987)
Directed by Bille August. A Swedish father and his son Pelle travel to Denmark in search of a new life. As their boat lands, the father tells his son he is still young and can conquer the world. Realizing his father cannot help him fulfill his dreams, Pelle sets off for a life of adventure. Based on the novel by Martin Nexo. 138 min. DVD 663
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

The President (Prsidenten) (1919)
Directed by Carl Th. Dreyer. Cast: Halvard Hof, Elith Pio, Carl Meyer, Jacoba Jessen, Olga Raphael-Linden, Betty Kirkeby, Jon Iversen. A restoration of Carl Th. Dreyer's first feature film as director, addressing the crucial conflict between the strict moral codes of society and individual morals. The judge in a Danish town sees his illegitimate daughter facing a trial for the murder of her newborn child. When she is found guilty and sentenced to death, he asks for a pardon, but when it isn't granted he decides to free her and get her out of the country at all costs. Non-US format DVD (PAL). 89 min. DVD 4433
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Pusher(1996)
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. Cast: Kim Bodnia, Zlatko Buric, Laura Drasbaek, Slavko Labovic, Mads Mikkelsen. Frank is a small-time pusher who sells heroin. When a deal goes wrong and Frank is busted by the police, he is released because of lack of evidence. Unfortunately, he now owes a very big debt to Milo, an ex-Yugoslav dealer, who has given him two days to collect the money that will save him from a bullet. 145 min. DVD 2468
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Sealed Orders (Det Hemmelighedsfulde X)(1914)
Directed by Benjamin Christensen. Cast: Benjamin Christensen, Karen Sandberg, Fritz Lamprech, Amanda Lund, Hermann Spiro. An officer's orders are stolen by a spy who is trying to seduce the officer's wife. Non-US format DVD (PAL). 85 min. DVD 4432
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Smilla's Sense of Snow (Frøken Smillas fornemmelse for sne)(1997)
Directed by Bille August. Cast: Julia Ormond, Gabriel Byrne, Richard Harris, Robert Loggia, Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Broadbent, Mario Adorf, Bob Peck, Tom Wilkinson, Emma Croft, Peter Capaldi, Jurgen Vogel. When a young boy from Greenland falls from the top of the house Smilla lives in, she suspects that this was not an accident. As she begins to investigate, she is pulled deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that could very well mean her death. 121 min. DVD 2461
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Sofie (Sophie) (Denmark / Norway/ Sweden, 1987)
Directed by Liv Ullmann. Sofie is the only daughter of a late 19th century Jewish family in Denmark who finds herself bound to traditions that clash with the temptations of her heart. The film celebrates Sofie's life as she strives for happiness in an arranged marriage, grows to understand her family and finds the strength to accept her only child's decision to pursue a more modern way of life. 145 min. 999:1730
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Temptations of a Great City (Ved Fængslets Port)(1911)
Directed by August Blom. Cast: Valdemar Psilander, Augusta Blad, Holger Hofman, Clara Wieth. A son's relationship wth his mother is strained due to his playboy pursuits and resulting debts. Non-US format (PAL) DVD. 41 min. DVD 4434
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Towards the Light (Mod Lyset)(Germany / Denmark, 1919)
Directed by Holger-Madsen. Cast: Asta Nielsen, Alf Blütecher, Carl Schenstrøm, Frederik Jacobsen, Augusta Blad, Anton de Verdier, Nicolai Neiiendam, Elith Pio, Astrid Holm. When a countess is attracted to a preacher, he refuses to have anything to do with her until she has a religious conversion. 55 min. DVD X770
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Tro, Håb og Kærlighed (Twist + Shout) (1984)
Directed by Bille August. Twist and Shout is a gripping, sexy, coming-of-age story in which teenager friends find love and heartbreak during the height of Beatlemania in 1960s Denmark. As their passions explode, the teenagers find themselves caught up in a tangle of conflicting emotions and learn firsthand the hypocrisy of the "adult" world. (On the same DVD with 'Zappa,' the prequel to 'Twist + Shout.') 108 minutes. DVD 2564
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Vampyr (Der Traum des Allan Grey) (France / Germany, 1932)
Directed by Carl Dreyer. A subtle, disturbing version of the vampire legend. A young man becomes involved with an attempt to stop the vampire and save a family. A cinema classic also known as "The Strange adventure of David Grey". In German with Danish and English title frames, and Danish subtitles. Special features on DVD 9984: Newly credited alternate version of Vampyr with English text, audio commentary featuring film scholar Tony Rayns, new and improved English subtitle translation. A booklet featuring new essays by Mark Le Fanu and Kim Newman, Koerber on the restoration, and a 1964 interview with producer and star Nicolas de Gunzburg, as well as a book featuring Dreyer and Christen Jul's original screenplay and Sheridan Le Fanu 1872 story "Carmilla," a source for the film. DVD 9984; also DVD 212, 72 min. - includes "The Mascot", 26 min.; DVD X6482; VHS 999:297, 66 min.
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Dreyer, Carl Theodor. "Vampyr" In: Four screenplays. [Introd. by Ole Storm] Bloomington, Indiana University Press [1970] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 D842 1970)

What Do Those Old Films Mean, Part 3: Denmark 1910-1912 (She)
Contents: Bride of Death -- The Shop Assistant -- The Abyss -- The Flying Circus -- Dr. Gar el Harna -- The Strongest -- The Dangerous Ape. Examines the psychological realism and innovative filmmaking techniques exhibited in early Danish silent films. Shows how the creativity of key figures in early Danish cinema and the feminism and liberal sexual attitudes in Denmark contributed to the sophistication found in those early films. 30 min. Video/C 1406:3

Zappa (1983)
Directed by Bille August. 'Zappa,' the prequel to 'Twist + Shout,' (on the same DVD) is the story of three teenagers in 1960s Copenhagen each from different backgrounds: the manipulative upperclass rich kid Steen, clean-cut middleclass boy Bjorn and the lowerclass overweight prankster Mulle. 103 min. DVD 2564
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Cold Fever (1994)
Director, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson. Cast: Masatoshi Nagase, Lili Taylor, Fisher Stevens, Gisli Halldorsson, Laura Hughes. A young Japanese executive is forced to give up his yearly golf trip to Hawaii to perform a traditional memorial ceremony for his parents in the middle of Iceland. Chugging across the haunting, frozen landscapes in an old Citroen, Atsushi encounters a place as surreal as the land itself, where he not only makes peace with the dead, but more importantly, with himself. 85 min. 999:3619
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Fíaskó (1999)
Written and directed by Ragnar Bragason. Cast: Robert Arnfinnsson, Kristbjorg Kjeld, Silja Hauksdottir, Bjorn Jorundur Fridbjornsson, Eggert Thorliefsson, Margret Akadottir, Olafur Darri Olafsson. This wild comedy full of secrets and sin tells the story of three generations of the Bardall family who embark on a journey to Reykjavik. Granddad's got a crush on a movie star, Mum's got the hots for a priest, Julia can't decide if she's pregnant or not and there's a dead stripper in the jacuzzi. PAL format. 92 min. 999:3045
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Hafid Hafið: The Sea (2002)
Written and directed by Baltasar Kormákur. Cast: Gunnar Eyjolfsson, Hilmir Snaer Gundnason, Kristbjorg Kjeld, Herdis Thorvaldsdottir, Gudrun Gisladottir, Sven Nordin, Elva Osk Olafsdottir, Sijurddur Skulason. An aging father summons his children home to unload a secret that will cause long hidden resentments and desires to rise to the surface - and leads to an event that will forever affect the entire family. 109 min. DVD 2465
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Islenski Draumurinn (The Icelandic Dream) (2000)
Directed by Robert I. Cast: Thor Sverrisson, Jon Gnarr, Hafdis Huld, Laufey Bra Jonsdottir, Matt Kesslar. Douglas. The story of a young business man coping with a mid-life crisis 15 years too early. Apart from having to run a successful business that is bound to fail, he also has to cope with being a weekend dad, his ever resentful ex-in-laws and wife, his new found girlfriend and most importantly the shock of seeing his favorite soccer team relegated to the second division. PAL format. 90 min. 999:3023

Jar City (Mýrin) (2006)
Director, Baltasar Kormákur. Cast: Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson, Agusta Eva Erlendsdottir, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson. Breaking box office records in its native Iceland, Jar City is a taut thriller that turns on the famously homogeneous gene pool of the tiny Nordic nation. When an elderly man is found murdered in his basement flat, Inspector Erlendur and his team don't have much to go on, except a photograph of a young girl's grave. As Erlendur reopens this very cold case, he follows a trail of unusual forensic evidence to the national genetic database, uncovering secrets that are much larger than the murder of one old man, with clues knitted into the bloodline of an entire country. 93 min. DVD X2166

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Villiljos (2000)
Directors, Dagur Kari Petursson, Inga Lisa Middleton, Ragnar Bragason, Asgrimur Sverrisson, Einar Thor Gunnlaugsson. Everything looks set for a perfectly normal evening in Reykjavik, until the power goes off...A teenage girl is locked inside a bank just as she goes into labor; a hearse driver races through the darkened streets, fighting off ghosts; a young couple is forced to face that their relationship is overburdened with problems; a pop star, scared out of his wits in a crashing plane, must ponder a life change and a young man finds his girlfriend in bed with a blind man she just met. PAL format tape. 77 min. 999:3044

Dramarama
A searchable database of the film Dramarama (Villiljos) including photographs from the film in three different formats, posters, film clips, theatrical trailer, film synopsis and information on directors, author of the script and actors plus a complete list of dialogue in English. An accompanying sound disc includes music from the film. In Icelandic and English. Compu/D 534

The Wedding of Palo (Palos brudefærd) (1935)
Director, Friedrich Dalsheim. Traditional eskimo culture is embodied in this early ethnographic film of life in Greenland focusing around the contest between two rivals for the love of an Inuit woman. The forces of nature will decide the winner. Beautifully shot in summer with Inuit actors, its story comes from an old Inuit legend. 72 min. 999:3617
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Finnish Cinema

Ariel (1989)
Director, Aki Kaurismaäki. Cast: Turo Pajala, Susanna Haavisto, Matti Pellonpaa. A mixture of comedy and crime about a Finnish miner who loses his job and embarks on a cross-country trip in a huge white Cadillac. What begins as a relaxing drive becomes a crime spree as he gets involved in a mugging, a jailbreak, a car theft, and eventually murder. 74 min. DVD X375; vhs 999:3015
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Cardullo, Bert. "Finnish Character: An Interview with Aki Kaurismaäki." Film Quarterly, Summer2006, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p4-10, 7p, UC users only
Mazierska, Ewa. "Between Helskini, Memphis, and 'No Director's Land': Aki Kaurismaäki's Road Cinema." In: Crossing new Europe : postmodern travel and the European road movie / Ewa Mazierska and Laura Rascaroli. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.R63 M37 2006)
Nestingen, Andrew. "Aki Kaurismaäki at the Crossroads: National Cinema and the Road Movie." In: Transnational cinema in a global north : Nordic cinema in transition / edited by Andrew Nestingen and Trevor G. Elkington. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.S2 T73 2005)
Romney, Jonathan. "Last Exit to Helskini." Film Comment; Mar/Apr2003, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p43, 4p UC users only
Wilson, Lana. "Aki Kaurismaäki." Senses of Cinema, vol. 51, pp. (no pagination), 2009

Bohemian Life (Boheemielamaa; Vie de bohème) (France / Italy / Sweden / Finland, 1992)
Written, directed and produced by Aki Kaurismaäki. Cast: Matti Pellonpaa, Evelyne Didi, Andre Wilms, Kari Vaananen. A retelling of the story made famous by Puccini's opera, Aki Kaurismaäki's version of life on the skids in Paris revolves around three bohemians - Rodolfo the Albanian painter, Marcel the writer and drinker and Schaumard the Irish composer, who are thrown together by a series of coincidences involving a repossessed apartment and a two-headed trout. PAL (Region 2) format DVD. 89 min. DVD 6187
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Cardullo, Bert. "Finnish Character: An Interview with Aki Kaurismaäki." Film Quarterly, Summer2006, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p4-10, 7p, UC users only
Porton, Richard. "La Vie de Boheme." Cineaste; Dec93, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p47, 2p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Last Exit to Helskini." Film Comment; Mar/Apr2003, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p43, 4p UC users only
Wilson, Lana. "Aki Kaurismaäki." Senses of Cinema, vol. 51, pp. (no pagination), 2009

Calamari Union (1985)
Written and directed by Aki Kaurismaäki. Cast: Timo Eranko, Kari Heiskanen, Asmo Hurula, Sakke Jarvenpaa, Markku Toikka. An absurdist drama in which 17 Finnish-speaking men all named Frank, and one English-speaking man named Pekka are on their way to the other side of the town to escape the dirty streets of Helsinki. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. 78 min. DVD 6207
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Cardullo, Bert. "Finnish Character: An Interview with Aki Kaurismaäki." Film Quarterly, Summer2006, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p4-10, 7p, UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Last Exit to Helskini." Film Comment; Mar/Apr2003, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p43, 4p UC users only
Wilson, Lana. "Aki Kaurismaäki." Senses of Cinema, vol. 51, pp. (no pagination), 2009

The Cinematic Works
Written and directed by Eija-Liisa Ahtila. Contents: Me/We, okay, Gray (3x 90 sec., 1993) -- Jos 6 olis 9 = If 6 was 9 (10 min., 1995) -- Tanaan = Today (10 min., 1996) -- Lohdutusseremonia = Consolation service (24 min., 1999) -- Rakkaus on aarre = Love is a treasure (55 min., 2002) Eija-liisa Ahtila's films and cinematic installations experiment with storytelling creating extraordinary tales out of ordinary human experiences. These five films deal with separations, teenage girls' sexuality, relationships among family members, mental disintegration, and death. They investigate the processes of perception and the attribution of meaning, while the installations break down the story and divide it across the exhibition space. The stories are based on interviews and research, the results being transformed into material for the imagination during the scriptwriting process. Seemlessly incorporated into realistic settings using special cinematic techniques, these events give Ahtila's films their distinctive style. DVD 8484

Crime and Punishment (Brott och straff; Rikos ja rangaistus) (1994)
Written and directed by Aki Kaurismaäki. Cast: Markku Toikka, Aino Seppo, Esko Nikkari. Inspired by Dostoyevsky's famous novel, this engrossing Finnish version of "Crime and punishment" revolves around an ex-law student in Helsinki who now works in a slaughterhouse. One day he searches out the drunk driver that had killed his fiancee and coldly shoots him to death. He begins a hopeless affair with a woman who witnessed the incident. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. 83 min. DVD 6207
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Cardullo, Bert. "Finnish Character: An Interview with Aki Kaurismaäki." Film Quarterly, Summer2006, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p4-10, 7p, UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Last Exit to Helskini." Film Comment; Mar/Apr2003, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p43, 4p UC users only
Wilson, Lana. "Aki Kaurismaäki." Senses of Cinema, vol. 51, pp. (no pagination), 2009

Hamlet Goes Business (Hamlet liikemaailmassa) (1987)
Written and directed Aki Kaurismaäki. Cast: Kati Outinen, Elina Salo, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Esko Salminen, Esko Nikkari. A farcical take on Shakespeare's Hamlet. Young Hamlet inherits a seat on the board of a company controlled by his uncle that decides to move into the rubber duck market. But Hamlet is suspicious of the circumstances surrounding his father's death, as boardroom battles and poisoned directors ensue. PAL (Region 2)format DVD. 85 min. DVD 6184
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Cardullo, Bert. "Finnish Character: An Interview with Aki Kaurismaäki." Film Quarterly, Summer2006, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p4-10, 7p, UC users only
Croteau, Melissa M. "Aki Kaurismaäki's Hamlet Goes Business: A Socialist Shakespearean Film Noir Comedy." In: Shakespeare's world/world Shakespeares : the selected proceedings of the International Shakespeare A International Shakespeare Association. World Congress (8th : 2006 : Brisbane, Australia) Newark : University of Delware Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks)
Fisher, William. "Aki Kaurismaäki Goes Business." Sight and Sound, vol. 58, no. 4, pp. 252-54, Autumn 1989 UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Last Exit to Helskini." Film Comment; Mar/Apr2003, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p43, 4p UC users only
Wilson, Lana. "Aki Kaurismaäki." Senses of Cinema, vol. 51, pp. (no pagination), 2009

I Hired a Contract Killer (Finland / UK / Germany / Sweden, 1990)
Written, directed, edited, & produced by Aki Kaurismaäki. Cast: Jean-Pierre Leaud, Margi Clarke, Kenneth Colley, Nicky Tesco, Serge Reggiani. Despondent over loosing his job and lacking the courage to commit suicide, Henri hires a contract killer to murder him at some unspecified time in the future. But almost immediately he meets and falls in love with Margaret. When he tries to cancel the contract, the killer has disappeared. PAL (Region 2) format DVD. 76 min. DVD 6186
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Cardullo, Bert. "Finnish Character: An Interview with Aki Kaurismaäki." Film Quarterly, Summer2006, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p4-10, 7p, UC users only
Monk, Claire. "'Where I Come From, We Eat Places Like This For Breakfast': Aki Kaurismäki's I Hired a Contract Killer as Transnational Representation of Local London.." Journal of British Cinema & Television, 2009, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p267-281, 15p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Last Exit to Helskini." Film Comment; Mar/Apr2003, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p43, 4p UC users only
Wilson, Lana. "Aki Kaurismaäki." Senses of Cinema, vol. 51, pp. (no pagination), 2009

Juha (1999)
Directed by Aki Kaurismaäki. Cast: Sakari Kuosmanen, Kati Outinen, Andre Wilms. Based on the novel Juha by Juhani Aho and set in the 1970s, the film tells the story of Marja, a farmer's wife, who is seduced into running away from her dull, older husband, Juha, by a city slicker, Shemeikka, who enslaves her in a brothel. PAL (Region 2) format DVD. Silent film with musical score & subtitles. 77 min. DVD 6185
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Cardullo, Bert. "Finnish Character: An Interview with Aki Kaurismaäki." Film Quarterly, Summer2006, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p4-10, 7p, UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Last Exit to Helskini." Film Comment; Mar/Apr2003, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p43, 4p UC users only
Wilson, Lana. "Aki Kaurismaäki." Senses of Cinema, vol. 51, pp. (no pagination), 2009

Leningrad Cowboys Go America (Finland / Sweden, 1989)
Directed Aki Kaurismaäki. Cast: Katinka Farago, Matti Pellonpaa, Kari Vaananen, The Leningrad Cowboys. The Leningrad Cowboys, a group of Finnish musicians, and their manager, travel to America seeking fame and fortune. As they cross the country, trying to get to a wedding in Mexico, they are followed by the village idiot, who wishes to join the band. 80 min. DVD 4755
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Cardullo, Bert. "Finnish Character: An Interview with Aki Kaurismaäki." Film Quarterly, Summer2006, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p4-10, 7p, UC users only
Mazierska, Ewa. "Between Helskini, Memphis, and 'No Director's Land': Aki Kaurismaäki's Road Cinema." In: Crossing new Europe : postmodern travel and the European road movie / Ewa Mazierska and Laura Rascaroli. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.R63 M37 2006)
Nestingen, Andrew. "Aki Kaurismaäki at the Crossroads: National Cinema and the Road Movie." In: Transnational cinema in a global north : Nordic cinema in transition / edited by Andrew Nestingen and Trevor G. Elkington. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.S2 T73 2005)
Romney, Jonathan. "Last Exit to Helskini." Film Comment; Mar/Apr2003, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p43, 4p UC users only
Wilson, Lana. "Aki Kaurismaäki." Senses of Cinema, vol. 51, pp. (no pagination), 2009

Lights in the dusk (Laitakaupungin valot) (Finland / Germany / France, 2006)
Written and directed Aki Kaurismaäki. Cast: Janne Hyytiäinen, Maria Järvenhelmi, Maria Heiskanen, Ilkka Koivula. The tale of Koistinen, a handsome, but lonely nightwatchman who becomes entranced and seduced by the ultimate femme fatale, who leads him down the unwitting path of crime and punishment. Koistinen is left to face the consequences. 80 min. DVD X4008
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The Man Without a Past (Mies vailla menneisyyttä) (Finland / Germany / France, 2002)
Written and directed Aki Kaurismaäki. Cast: Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Annikki Tahti, Juhani Niemela, Kaija Pakarinen, Sakori Kuosmanen. After a man is beaten and declared dead, he suddenly sits up and walks out of the hospital on his own. Determined to start his life over in a new town and unable to remember his name or anything about his past, he becomes involved with a mother and her sons. Everything seems good until his past comes back to haunt him. 96 min. DVD 2449
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize

Abeel, Erica. "The Man Without a Past." Film Journal International, Apr2003, Vol. 106 Issue 4, p35, 2p UC users only
Cardullo, Bert. "Finnish Character: An Interview with Aki Kaurismaäki." Film Quarterly, Summer2006, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p4-10, 7p, UC users only
Elsaesser, Thomas "Hitting bottom: Aki Kaurismäki and the abject subject." Journal of Scandinavian Cinema Volume 1 Issue 1 UC users only
Louvish, Simon. "A tale of two memories." Sight & Sound XII:12 (Dec 2002) UC users only
Macnab, Geoffrey. "The Man Without a Past." Sight and Sound 13:12 (December 2003) Go to p. 64-65, 3 UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Last Exit to Helskini." Film Comment; Mar/Apr2003, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p43, 4p UC users only
Wilson, Lana. "Aki Kaurismaäki." Senses of Cinema, vol. 51, pp. (no pagination), 2009

The Match-Factory Girl (Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö) (1990)
Written, edited and directed by Aki Kaurismaäki. Cast: Kati Outinen, Elina Salo, Esko Nikkari, Vesa Vierikko, Reijo Taipale. Presents the bleak existence of Iris, a young factory worker, who is cruelly ignored and used. Facing pregnancy and the scorn of her family and one-time lover, Iris finds release from her woes with a packet of rat poison -- not for herself, but for all the people who did her dirt. 70 min. DVD X376; vhs 999:2894
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Cardullo, Bert. "Finnish Character: An Interview with Aki Kaurismaäki." Film Quarterly, Summer2006, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p4-10, 7p, UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Last Exit to Helskini." Film Comment; Mar/Apr2003, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p43, 4p UC users only
Wilson, Lana. "Aki Kaurismaäki." Senses of Cinema, vol. 51, pp. (no pagination), 2009

Mother of Mine (Äideistä parhain) (Finland / Sweden, 1994)
Directed by Klaus Haro. Cast: Maria Lundqvist, Michael Nyqvist, Topi Majaniemi, Marjaana Maijala, Esko Salminen, Brasse Brannstrom, Aino-Maija Tikkanen, Kari-Pekka Toivonen. When nine-year-old Eero's father is killed at the beginning of World War II his mother, broken by grief, is unable to care for him. She sends Eero out of Finland to live with a family in Sweden, away from the conflict. Feeling abandoned by his biological Finnish mother, he cannot quite attach to his Swedish surrogate mother. When the war ends, and he returns to his mother in Finland, his confusion intensifies. 105 min. DVD 3986
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Shadows in Paradise (Varjoja paratiisissa)(1986)
Directed by Aki Kaurismaäki. Cast: Matti Pellonpaa, Kati Outinen, Sakari Kuosmanen. Episodes in the life of Nikander, a garbage man in Helsinki, involving the death of a co-worker. Ilona, a supermarket clerk who frequently loses her job, bandages Nikander's hand one evening; later he gets her out of a jam, and they begin an on-again off-again relationship. "Why do I keep losing?," Nikander asks his co-worker, Melartin, a man Nikander met in jail. 74 min. DVD X374
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Cardullo, Bert. "Finnish Character: An Interview with Aki Kaurismaäki." Film Quarterly, Summer2006, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p4-10, 7p, UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Last Exit to Helskini." Film Comment; Mar/Apr2003, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p43, 4p UC users only
Wilson, Lana. "Aki Kaurismaäki." Senses of Cinema, vol. 51, pp. (no pagination), 2009

Tatjana (Pidä huivista kiinni, Tatjana) (Finland / Germany, 1994)
Written and directed by Aki Kaurismaäki. Cast: Kati Outinen, Matti Pellonpaa, Kirsi Tykkylainen, Mato Valtonen. Valto and Reino take to the road in search of coffee and vodka, without which their lives are not worth living. Their lives are interrupted by the arrival of garrulous Russian Klaudia and Estonian Tatiana, who are clearly interested in the two men despite the language barrier, but how to get a response from such a lugubrious pair? Non-US (PAL) format DVD. 59 min. DVD 6207
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Cardullo, Bert. "Finnish Character: An Interview with Aki Kaurismaäki." Film Quarterly, Summer2006, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p4-10, 7p, UC users only
Mazierska, Ewa. "Between Helskini, Memphis, and 'No Director's Land': Aki Kaurismaäki's Road Cinema." In: Crossing new Europe : postmodern travel and the European road movie / Ewa Mazierska and Laura Rascaroli. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.R63 M37 2006)
Nestingen, Andrew. "Aki Kaurismaäki at the Crossroads: National Cinema and the Road Movie." In: Transnational cinema in a global north : Nordic cinema in transition / edited by Andrew Nestingen and Trevor G. Elkington. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.S2 T73 2005)
Romney, Jonathan. "Last Exit to Helskini." Film Comment; Mar/Apr2003, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p43, 4p UC users only
Wilson, Lana. "Aki Kaurismaäki." Senses of Cinema, vol. 51, pp. (no pagination), 2009

Unknown Soldier (Tuntematon Sotilas) (1955)
Directed by Edvin Laine. Cast: Kosti Klemela, Heikki Savolainen, Reino Tolvanen, Veikko Sinisalo, Ake Lindman. Tells the story of an Eastern-Finnish machine gun company of young, nervous rookies who receive their baptism in fire as they defend their borders against the Axis during World War II. The film is notable for its grimly explicit battle scenes as the soldiers become familiar with death and the hardships of war. 169 min. DVD 1596
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Winter War (Tal visota) (1989)
Directed by Pekka Parikka. A dramatized version of the Soviet invasion of Finland in 1939 and 1940 told from the viewpoint of the Finnish soldier. For 105 days an overwhelming Soviet army stormed tiny Finland's borders with massive artillery, a powerful air force and well-armed infantry. What gave the defenders the strength to hold back such an awesome enemy in the face of countless odds and to preserve their country's independence? 123 min. 999:2895
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Zombie and the Ghost-Train (Zombie ja kummitusjuna) (1991)
Directed by Mika Kaurismäki. Cast: Silu Seppälä, Marjo Leinonen, Matti Pellonpää. A punk-tinged comedy about a bass player and his down-and-out life, trying to get a gig with the Ghost Train, a band that's "seen but never heard." 88 min. DVD X4939; vhs 999:3621
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