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The Firebird (1952)

Italian opera singer visits the Royal Opera in Stockholm and falls in love with the prima ballerina.


Hasse Ekman


Hasse Ekman (story), Hasse Ekman (screenplay)




Credited cast:
Ellen Rasch Ellen Rasch ... Linda Corina
Tito Gobbi Tito Gobbi ... Mario Vanni
Eva Henning ... Alice Lund
Bengt Blomgren ... Frank
Georg Rydeberg ... Jascha Sacharowitch
Åke Falck Åke Falck ... Spinky
Märta Arbin ... Frank's Mother
Alan Blair Alan Blair ... Linda's Doctor
Margherita Bossi Margherita Bossi ... Alberta (as Margherita Nicosia)
Märta Dorff ... Seamstress
Gull Natorp ... Tilda
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leon Björker Leon Björker
Maurice Béjart Maurice Béjart ... Alex
Ruth Fröberg Ruth Fröberg ... Ms. Carlén - Pianist
Nicolai Gedda ... Opera Singer


Italian opera singer visits the Royal Opera in Stockholm and falls in love with the prima ballerina.

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Hasse Ekmans stora internationella sång- och dansfilm i färg (Hasse Ekman's big international song and dance film in color)


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Hasse Ekman's one and only foreign language film and the first in color. See more »


The Firebird
Written by Igor Stravinsky (as Stravinsky)
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Operatic intrigues in the ballet
8 September 2020 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

The Swedish director Hasse Ekman made all kinds of films of very varying quality and contents, but this should be his oddest and most unusual, for there had hardly been any Swedish ballet film made before, while the quality here of the dancing is superb. There are two major ballets, one in the beginning and one providing the Finale, showing the "Firebird" ballet in intoxicating splendour with very impressing costumes and direction, giving undeniable associations to Powell and Pressburger in their Red Shoes. The lead here is the outstanding ballerina Ellen Rasch, who not only dances like an angel but acts well and is overwhelmingly beautiful as well. Naturally the world diva Tito Gobbi falls for her, while it is difficult to see whar she falls for in him, except for the voice, which delivers some fabulous arias. There is another ballerina as well, played by the actress Eva Henning, who is envious of Ellen Rasch and her art and acts accordingly with no good results for any of them. Nevertheless, the film is sensational for being what it is and coming from Sweden, no Ingmar Bergman here but rather the contrary, and a major treat for anyone who can enjoy classical ballet on film.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

12 August 1952 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Ildfuglen See more »

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Production Co:

Terrafilm, Romana Film See more »
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Color (Gevacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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