Light Keeps Me Company (2001)

Light Keeps Me Company




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This moving, finely-wrought portrayal of legendary cinematographer Sven Nykvist was directed by his son Carl-Gustav Nykvist -- a noted filmmaker himself. Spanning from long forgotten kiddie flick in 1945 to Woody Allen's Celebrity (1997), Nykvist's career came to an abrupt end when he was diagnosed with a rare disorder that affected his speech. Though the film explores Nykvist's upbringing and turbulent private life (an ugly divorce, the suicide of one of his sons, an affair with Mia Farrow), … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Television, Special Interest
Directed By: , ,
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On DVD: Jan 8, 2002


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Critic Reviews for Light Keeps Me Company

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Essential viewing for film buffs -- and anyone interested in the making of quality movies.

Full Review… | July 31, 2007
Top Critic

A loving but unstinting portrait of longtime Ingmar Bergman cinematographer Sven Nyqvist.

Full Review… | July 31, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[An] affectionate portrait of Swedish cinematographer Sven Nykvist

Full Review… | January 31, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A reserved, quiet, but friendly man as this documentary, made by his son, demonstrates, Nykvist has gradually become as important as Bergman to Swedish film.

Full Review… | January 31, 2002
Apollo Guide

You simply celebrate the man's life, rather than exploring it or analyzing it.

Full Review… | January 31, 2002
Combustible Celluloid

October 6, 2005
International Press Academy

Audience Reviews for Light Keeps Me Company

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[font=Century Gothic][color=#ff0000]The second part of the documentary shows off Leuchter's lack of ethical thinking to full effect. He went to Auschwitz on behalf of a Holocaust denier(I'm being polite when I use that term), so that he could find proof that there were no gas chambers there.(It is clearly historical fact that there were gas chambers there.) As testified by an expert on the Holocaust, Leuchter is ill-equipped for the task. [/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#ff0000]At best, Leuchter never considers what the ramifications his research will have. At worst, he is a full participant in the cause of Holocaust denial which is clearly wrong and hateful. Leuchter goes from something of an eccentric to being a monster in the viewer's eyes.[/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=black]"Light Keeps Me Company" is a loving tribute to legendary cinematographer, Sven Nykvist, directed by his son, Carl-Gustav Nykvist. The documentary consists of interviews with many of his collaborators including Ingmar Bergman, Liv Ullman, Susan Sarandon, and Woody Allen, along with his fellow cinematographers. I thought this film filled in some of the blanks of his life including personal details.(Although, I would have felt better if they had not mentioned Nykvist's affair with Mia Farrow.) Nykvist retired due to a condition called aphasia which limits his communication skills. I would have liked to have gotten more of his input on the films he helped to make.[/color][/font]

Walter M.

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