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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.

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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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Pia Degermark. 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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Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467 (second movement: Andante)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by Géza Anda (piano)
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon
Main theme
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Breathtakingly beautiful photography & music
29 January 2000 | by wrbtuSee all my reviews

Breathtakingly beautiful photography & music help to make this movie the finest love story I've seen. It's based on a true story that took place in 1859, although the movie is set at a somewhat later date. It's hard to imagine that these two young people, so full of life & love for each other, would choose the option they did to resolve their problems, but part of what this movie shows us is the inability of these two "upper class" individuals (Lt. Sparre is a Count, an aristocrat, & Elvira is a world famous circus performer who is mentioned in newspaper articles & a book) to cope with life once it has beeen altered beyond what they have been accustomed to deal with. If you choose not to read the subtitles, you'll still enjoy the movie for its visual beauty & the terrific music by Mozart & Vivaldi. Ironically, the drawing Elvira pawns for pennies is by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec!!


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