2 user 4 critic

Ljuset håller mig sällskap (2000)

Carl-Gustaf Nykvist's documentary about his father, Sven Nykvist. The film is based on Sven's memoirs with Sven himself as narrator. A journey to the place of birth, Moheda, constitutes the... See full summary »

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See full summary »

Directors: Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Conrad L. Hall, John Bailey, Vilmos Zsigmond
Casting By (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The surprising, never-before-told tale of the indispensable yet unsung Casting Director - Iconoclasts whose keen eye, exquisite taste and gut instincts redefined Hollywood.

Director: Tom Donahue
Stars: Deborah Aquila, Risa Bramon Garcia, Ellen Chenoweth
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her madness proves to be a problem in the marriage. The film transpires to a positive role of madness in the family, challenging conventional representations of madness in cinema.

Director: John Cassavetes
Stars: Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, Fred Draper
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A group of filmmakers visit Ingmar Bergman's house on the remote Swedish island of Faro to discuss his legacy.

Directors: Jane Magnusson, Hynek Pallas
Stars: Tomas Alfredson, Woody Allen, Wes Anderson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two in the Wave is the story of a friendship. Jean-Luc Godard was born in 1930; Francois Truffaut two years later. Love of movies brings them together. They write in the same magazines, ... See full summary »

Director: Emmanuel Laurent
Stars: Isild Le Besco, Anouk Aimée, Jean-Pierre Aumont
Winter Kills (1979)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The Pickering Commission concluded that a lone gunman killed the US President in 1960, in Philadelphia, but 19 years later a dying man confesses to be one of the real hit-men who killed President Kegan, sparking an investigation.

Director: William Richert
Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins
Bergman Island (TV Movie 2004)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

All three documentaries is mainly shot in the home of Ingmar Bergman. This is the first time ever that a film maker has access to Ingmar Bergman in his home at the small island Fårö in the ... See full summary »

Director: Marie Nyreröd
Stars: Ingmar Bergman, Erland Josephson, Marie Nyreröd
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A story based on the life of journalist Torgny Segerstedt, who alerted the Swedish public to the threat of Fascism in the 1930s.

Director: Jan Troell
Stars: Jesper Christensen, Pernilla August, Ulla Skoog
Side by Side (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

Director: Christopher Kenneally
Stars: Derek Ambrosi, Michael Ballhaus, Andrzej Bartkowiak
The Story of Film: An Odyssey (TV Mini-Series 2011)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.

Stars: Mark Cousins, Juan Diego Botto, Aleksandr Sokurov
The New Land (1972)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The life of an immigrant family from Sweden in the Minnesota's forests, during mid 19th century

Director: Jan Troell
Stars: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Eddie Axberg
The First Day (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Stars: Natalya Bondarchuk, Anatoliy Papanov


Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Interviewee / Narrator
Herself - Interviewee
Himself - Interviewee
Herself - Interviewee
Himself - Interviewee
Herself - Interviewee
Himself - Interviewee
Himself - Interviewee (as Sir Richard Attenborough)
Himself - Interviewee
Himself - Interviewee
Sigfrid Sodergren ...
Himself - Interviewee
Herself - Interviewee
Per Lönndahl ...
Himself - Interviewee (as Pelle Lönndahl)
Herself - Interviewee


Carl-Gustaf Nykvist's documentary about his father, Sven Nykvist. The film is based on Sven's memoirs with Sven himself as narrator. A journey to the place of birth, Moheda, constitutes the hub of the film and during the journey friends and memories emerge. Written by Fredrik Klasson <fredrik.klasson@boras.mail.telia.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »






Release Date:

26 August 2000 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Sven Nykvist: Light Keeps Me Company  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


[first lines]
Erland Josephson - Interviewee: Sven is not east to sum up. His disposition is much more powerful, and he is much more strong-willed than you think first meeting him.
See more »


Features Oxen (1991) See more »


Faroe Island
by Mynta
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

an icon gets his due
8 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It makes me happy to see someone, be it the subject's own son or just anyone, film a documentary about a person who should, once he or she has left this Earth at some point, be rightfully remembered. Pioneering cinematographer Sven Nykvist is one of those people, revealed in this documentary to be revered heavily by those who have worked with him, while also having a private, but interesting, life. After a strict upbringing, and only slowly gravitating towards becoming a director of photography, he established himself doing work for various European artists until settling with his main collaborator, Ingmar Bergman, for over twenty-years. Seeing the interviews with the two of them is worth the price of the DVD in and of itself, but it's also of note that Nykvist himself is on his own quite captivating, in a quiet, assured way. His life story is put together lovingly by his son, and the interviews with those that have worked along with him, like Liv Ullmann (actually, all of Bergman's stock company rolls out), Woody Allen, Richard Attenborough, and other fellow cinematographers like Storaro and Zsigmond. Aside from the documentary details of Nykvist's life and how he would work with Bergman or Tarkovsky or Woody, what caps it all is what he contributed to the cinema history and language is given precedence. You know more often than not when you're watching a film lensed by Nykvist, even during his later years in the 90's, as he tried out other things with directors. It would be one thing to just think of him as the man behind the lens with these great directors, and particularly the two dozen or so with Bergman. But to get such a fine glimpse of the man and his art, after being sadly forced into retirement by an ailment, is remarkable.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Ljuset håller mig sällskap (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: