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Bo Widerberg

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Birthplace:   Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden
Swedish filmmaker Bo Widerberg is best known internationally for his impressionistic romantic drama Elvira Madigan (1967). Three of his films, All Things Fair (1996), Adalen 31 (1969), and Raven's End (1964), have received Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Film. Widerberg started out as a novelist, but turned to filmmaking after writing Visionen i Svensk Film/Vision in Swedish Film (1962), a scathing criticism of Ingmar Bergman's alleged monopoly of Swedish cinema. In his treatise, Widerberg argued for films containing realistic themes dealing with earthier concerns rather than the Bergmanesque tendency to address lofty abstractions on the existence of God. In hopes of creating a "new wave" in Swedish cinema, one that addressed the seething inner lives of characters rather than their neatly unified, socially progressive exteriors, Widerberg made Barnvagnen/Baby Carriage (1963), the story of a young single and pregnant woman who chooses independence over two potential suitors. It was hailed as one of the first Swedish films to accurately portray the foibles and stresses of modern city life. His first film, Pojeken och Daken/A Boy and His Kite (1961), was a short television feature made in collaboration with Jan Troell. Widerberg claims he learned how to make films by watching the films of others and carefully analyzing each scene from back to front. He extended this meticulousness into his work and when making a film has been known to take control of every detail, even down to the color processing of each film. His next film, Kvarteret Korpen/Raven's End (1963), is said to be somewhat autobiographical and while garnering good reviews, the film's offbeat conclusion caused minor controversy. For Elvira Madigan, Widerberg combined romance with the haunting strains of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21. The film was so popular that the concerto became known as "the Elvira Madigan Theme." In 1970, Widerberg went to Hollywood to film the internationally successful Joe Hill. After releasing The Serpent's Way (1986), Widerberg did not make another feature until 1995's Lust och Fagring Stor/All Things Fair, which starred his son, Johan Widerberg. In addition to making feature films, Widerberg has also gained a reputation for his television dramas. Widerberg died on May 1, 1997, in a hospital in Angelholm, Sweden, at age 66.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Adalen '31 (Adalen Riots)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1999
No Score Yet The Man From Majorca
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet The Man On The Roof (mannen På Taket)
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet All Things Fair (Lust och fägring stor) (Love Lessons)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1995
No Score Yet Ormens väg på hälleberget (The Serpent's Way)
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Man From Mallorca
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Man on the Roof
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet Joe Hill
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1971
No Score Yet Elvira Madigan
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet Barnvagnen
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1964
No Score Yet Raven's End
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1963

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