Hedvig Jensen is a famous ropewalker and is known to her public as Elvira Madigan. She meets Lieutenant Sixten Sparre, a Swedish officer who is married and has two children. They both decide to run away, but since Sixten deserted the army, he cannot find any job and the couple encounters many hardships. Moreover, while on the run, Sixten meets a friend who tries to convince him to come back to his country and family. Written by
Filmed where this love story actually happened in Denmark and Sweden
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was hired to compose original music, however director Bo Widerberg
was not happy with the result and it wasn't included. In a last minute decision Piano Concerto No. 21 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
was chosen as the main theme - which significantly increased its popularity. The concerto is since known by the anachronistic nickname "Elvira Madigan". See more
Elvira Madigan, alias Hedvig Jensen
Don't talk about love, Sixten. We can't butter our bread with it.
You want me to find a job? Where? Tell me!
You want me to find a job. Tell me! Where?
How am I supposed to do it? Should I go in and say, "My name is Count Sparre. I've deserted from the Swedish army. Can you give me work?" Is that how I should do it?
Referenced in Petersen
Concerto for Violin and Strings in E major, RV 271 (L'Amoroso, first movement)
Music by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker
, conducted by Herbert von Karajan See more