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Raven’s End: In the Shadow of Hitler’s Olympics

One of the most critically acclaimed movies in Swedish history catapulted director Bo Widerberg into prominence, but this wasn’t really the one that made him famous outside of Sweden’s borders. That didn’t happen until Elvira Madigan (1967). Raven’s End was shown at the Cannes film festival, but French critics didn’t much like it. It did … Continue reading Raven’s End: In the Shadow of Hitler’s Olympics

Man on the Roof: The Enemy Within

By 1976, American audiences had already familiarized themselves with Martin Beck. He was the Swedish police detective who starred in a series of novels by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. An Americanized version of him, played by Walter Matthau, appeared in Stuart Rosenberg’s thriller The Laughing Policeman (1974), but it took a Swedish filmmaker to create a … Continue reading Man on the Roof: The Enemy Within