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Related: Europe - Scandinavia - The Stockholm syndrome

music: ABBA

Writers: Astrid Lindgren - August Strindberg

Film: Persona (1966) - I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967) - Language of Love (1969)

Actresses: Anita Ekberg - Christina Lindberg - Essy Person

Film directors: Mac Ahlberg - Lukas Moodysson - Ingmar Bergman - Vilgot Sjöman - Bo Arne Vibenius

Fucking Åmål, Show Me Love (1998) - Lukas Moodysson [Amazon.com]

Culture of Sweden

Swedish 20th-century culture is noted by pioneering works by the early days of cinema, with Mauritz Stiller and Victor Sjöström. Later on, moguls like Ingmar Bergman and actresses such as Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, [Essy Person] and Anita Ekberg made careers abroad. Swedish music is in many minds connected with ABBA, although more recently indie bands like The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, The Hives, Sahara Hotnights and The (International) Noise Conspiracy have started achieving international fame. The Swedish hip hop scene is booming. Swedish literature is also vibrant and active, Sweden ranking third in the list of countries with most Nobel Prize laureates in literature. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_Sweden

They Call Us Misfits (1968) - Stefan Jarl

Dom kallar oss mods / They Call Us Misfits (1968) - Stefan Jarl

In 1968, fresh from studies at the Swedish Institute of Film, a young man named Stefan Jarl made a feature documentary with fellow student Jan Lindqvist about two Stockholm "Mod" hippies. "They Call Us Misfits" was intended to allow teenagers to see themselves. The film not only succeeded in that, but – after some trouble with censors over sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll – it become a reference point for Scandinavian film.

Jarl went on to make two more films about misfits Kenta and Stoffe in 1979 and 1993. In the sequels, restlessness and pot smoking give way to family trouble and heroin overdoses – plus the paradox of yuppie offspring. The films bare the unattractive underbelly of the Swedish welfare state. --http://www.filmfestival.gr/docfestival/2004a/jarl.html [Dec 2005]

See also: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062900/combined [Dec 2005]

In 1968, Stefan Jarl's and Jan Lindqvist's documentary Dom kallar oss mods (They Call Us Misfits) was released. The film, the first in what would become a trilogy, is an uncompromising account of the life of two alienated teenagers. Stefan Jarl went on to make several other celebrated documentaries in the 1980s and 1990s. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_Sweden#Postwar [Dec 2005]

See also: mod - 1968 - Sweden - Scandinavia

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