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Elvira Madigan (1967)

The Danish tightrope dancer Elvira Madigan meets Lieutenant Sixten Sparre, a Swedish officer who is married and has two children. They both decide to run away.

Director:

Bo Widerberg

Writer:

Bo Widerberg
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pia Degermark ... Elvira Madigan, alias Hedvig Jensen
Thommy Berggren ... Sixten Sparre
Lennart Malmer Lennart Malmer ... Kristoffer
Cleo Jensen Cleo Jensen ... Cleo (as Cleo)
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Storyline

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 Papakamayo

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as beautiful as love is See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Danish

Release Date:

24 April 1967 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Elvira Madigan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Europa Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Ulf Björlin was hired to compose original music, however director Bo Widerberg wasn't 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 »

Quotes

Elvira Madigan, alias Hedvig Jensen: Don't you understand what we have to do, Sixten?
Sixten Sparre: Don't say it.
Elvira Madigan, alias Hedvig Jensen: We must. We don't have any choice.
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Connections

Version of Elvira Madigan (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

The Four Seasons - Summer (first movement: Allegro)
(uncredited)
Music by Antonio Vivaldi
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Gorgeous and Tragic Love Story
13 December 2006 | by kathikSee all my reviews

I saw this film when it came out in the 1960's. It is loosely based on a true story of two lovers, a beautiful tightrope dancer and a married Army Lieutenant, who run away together in the late 1800's. I was blown away by the sheer beauty of this film. There are no car chases or explosions. Instead, it brings you close to nature with the sights and sounds of the fields and trees, the wind, sumptuous berries, bird songs and crickets. Their love plays out within some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. It runs almost in real time, quietly moving their story along. This film left a lasting impression on me for decades. I loved it.


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