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  • And in my opinion Widerberg has succeeded
  • This is the best swedish film I have ever seen, even better than Bergman's masterpieces

    • by limonar
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      The most critically acclaimed swedish director - next to Ingmar Bergman and Victor Seastrom - Bo Widerberg here tells the story of the ropewalker Hedvig (aka Elvira Madigan) and the military officer Sixten Sparre. They are already a couple when the film starts, even though Sixten has his wife and children at home.

      But his love for Hedvig is so powerful that he just has to break free from his marriage, even his sworn duties as an officer.

      Together Hedvig and Sixten run away


      from the whole society, just to be by themselves and love each other.

      The first thing that happens in the film is that the audience is told that Hedvig and Sixten will both die, by suicide, for unknown reasons.

      It appears that the couple loved each other so passionately, they decided that this world wasn’t beautiful enough for that love, and they would rather be together in the after life forever than being followed by the authorities for the rest of their lifes because ...


      • of Sixten’s desertion and die separated from each other and unhappy.

        Widerberg tells this story with images that are absolutely breathtaking in their beauty.

        The cinematography by Jorgen Persson also received prizes around the world.

        It is all very subtle, and the viewer is allowed to make his own interpretation of the tragedy.

        To me this is timeless story of Romeo and Juliet translated into the art of cinema, because the core the that story is exactly the same as Elvira Madigan.

        The music

        is also remarkable here.

        Widerberg has chosen classic pieces of Mozart, which also leads me to the conclusion that he wants to create a cinematic expression that doesn’t age during the years but lasts forever - just as the works of Shakespeare and Mozart will probably do.

        And in my opinion Widerberg has succeeded.

        This is the best swedish film I have ever seen, even better than Bergman’s masterpieces.

        Just as tragical as the story of Elvira Madigan, this work of art is practically unavailable on dvd.




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