Tag Archives: Per Oscarsson

House of Angels: The Mystery Granddaughter

IT’S NOT EASY BEING A BIG-CITY WOMAN IN A SMALL-MINDED TOWN. It was the best Sweden had to offer in 1992. Winning the local equivalent to Oscar’s Best Picture, House of Angels was sent to Hollywood but it never caught fire and wasn’t even nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. A German comedy called Schtonk! … Continue reading House of Angels: The Mystery Granddaughter

The Brothers Lionheart: Battle for Purgatory

When Astrid Lindgren’s dark fairy tale was first published in 1973, it’s been said that Ingmar Bergman expressed a desire to film it. Who better to turn themes of life, death and sorrow into unforgettable images? However, in the end Olle Hellbom accepted the challenge after having made 15 previous Lindgren adaptations. It became his … Continue reading The Brothers Lionheart: Battle for Purgatory

New Land: The Reality of the Dream

FROM “THE EMIGRANTS” DREAM CAME THE SETTLERS’ STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE… The sequel to Jan Troell’s The Emigrants (1971) is often strung together with the first film in one piece, shown on U.S. television as The Emigrant Saga. Significantly shorter than the original films, that version is also dubbed. Better then to experience both movies separately, and in fact, The … Continue reading New Land: The Reality of the Dream

The Girl Who Played With Fire

Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) returns to Sweden after one year abroad and immediately becomes a suspect in a murder investigation involving three victims; Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) tries to help her clear her name. The second chapter in the “Millennium” trilogy has a simpler story than The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, although the outlines of a … Continue reading The Girl Who Played With Fire