The Man from the Third Row: Hasse Ekman, Swedish Cinema and the Long Shadow of Ingmar Bergman

The Man from the Third Row: Hasse Ekman, Swedish Cinema and the Long Shadow of Ingmar Bergman

By: Fredrik Gustafsson (author)Paperback

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Until his early retirement at age 50, Hasse Ekman was one of the leading lights of Swedish cinema, an actor, writer, and director of prodigious talents. Yet today his work is virtually unknown outside of Sweden, eclipsed by the filmography of his occasional collaborator (and frequent rival) Ingmar Bergman. This comprehensive introduction-the first ever in English-follows Ekman's career from his early days as a film journalist, through landmark films such as Girl with Hyacinths (1950), to his retirement amid exhaustion and disillusionment. Combining historical context with insightful analyses of Ekman's styles and themes, this long overdue study considerably enriches our understanding of Swedish film history.

About Author

Fredrik Gustafsson works at the library at the Swedish Film Institute and teaches film history at Orebro University, Sweden. He holds a doctorate in film studies from the University of St. Andrews. He also has programmed numerous Bergman and Ekman retrospectives around the world, writes regularly for La Furia Umana, and blogs at


List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1. On Auteurs and National Cinema Chapter 2. The Social Context Chapter 3. Swedish Cinema Chapter 4. Hasse Ekman in the Renaissance Chapter 5. The Early 1950s Chapter 6. The Final Years Chapter 7. Ideas and Legacy Conclusion Filmography Works cited Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781785332869
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9781785332869
  • weight: 245
  • ISBN10: 1785332864

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