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Mai Zetterling

Highest Rated:   100% The Witches (1990)
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Swedish-born Mai Zetterling found acting as an escape from an impoverished childhood, and after training at Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theater School, she made her debut on stage and screen at the age of 16. Her movie career took over when she was cast as the teenage girl victimized by a sadistic teacher in Torment (1944), a picture directed by Alf Sjoberg that was scripted by Ingmar Bergman, which became a major success among critics all over the world. She went to England in 1946 to star in the drama Frieda, about the plight of a European immigrant living in England during the postwar period. She was then signed by the Rank Organisation which tried to turn her into a major star. Unfortunately, she came to England at a time when the film industry was in a period of upheaval and retrenchment, and her films -- which included Quartet (1948) and The Bad Lord Byron (1949) -- never really succeeded. After the failure of The Romantic Age, she began setting her sights elsewhere from Rank. The early '60s saw Zetterling appear opposite Peter Sellers in what was probably the most interesting of his late-British successes, Any Number Can Play. By that time, she was concentrating on directing as well as acting, having made the documentary The War Game, which won a prize at the 1963 Venice Film Festival. Her feature films Loving Couples and Night Games (the latter based on her own novel) established Zetterling as one of the most-respected women filmmakers of her generation, and the fact that her work frequently dealt with issues of special interest to women put her at the forefront of the feminist movement. She continued making occasional appearances as an actress into the 1990s, most notably an extremely popular turn as the grandmother in the Jim Henson-directed fantasy The Witches (1990).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Lords Of Little Egypt - Mai Zetterling Among The Gypsies
  • Actor
  • Director
2016
83% Hidden Agenda
  • Moa
1990
100% The Witches
  • Helga Eveshim
1990
No Score Yet Scrubbers
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1983
40% Visions of 8 - The Olympics of Motion Picture Achievement
  • Director
1973
No Score Yet Flickorna (The Girls)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1968
No Score Yet Älskande par (Loving Couples)
  • Director
1966
No Score Yet Night Games (nattlek)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1965
No Score Yet Loving Couples
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet The Man Who Finally Died
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet Only Two Can Play
  • Liz
1962
No Score Yet Pattern for Plunder
  • Helene Bretton
1960
No Score Yet Piccadilly Third Stop
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet The Truth About Women
  • Julie
1957
No Score Yet Seven Waves Away (Abandon Ship!) (Seven Days from Now)
  • Julie
1957
No Score Yet A Prize of Gold
  • Maria
1955
No Score Yet Knock on Wood
  • Dr. Ilse Nordstrom
1954
No Score Yet Hell Is Sold Out
  • Valerie Martin
1951
No Score Yet The Romantic Age
  • Arlette
1949
No Score Yet Quartet
  • Jeanne
1949
No Score Yet Bad Lord Byron
  • Teresa Guiccioli
1949
60% Musik i mörker (Night is My Future)
  • Ingrid Olofsdotter
1948
No Score Yet Frieda
  • Frieda Dawson
1947
83% Hets (Frenzy) (Torment)
  • Bertha Olsson
1944
No Score Yet Amorosa
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
No Score Yet Loving Couples (Alskande par)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter

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