Den magiska cirkeln (1970)

Based on the story a Swedish criminal gang, Salaligan, a group of young men active during 1930's, guilty of several murders and robberies.


Per Berglund


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Credited cast:
Gudrun Berg Gudrun Berg ... Britta
Gösta Bredefeldt ... Göte Persson
Stig Ossian Ericson ... Gardener
Per Flygare Per Flygare ... Friend of Ingvar
Sigge Fürst ... Ingvar's Father
Björn Granath ... Hammarström
Elisabeth Grönqvist Elisabeth Grönqvist ... Anders' Girlfriend
Kenneth 'Kenta' Gustafsson Kenneth 'Kenta' Gustafsson ... Friend of Ingvar
Peter Harryson ... Holmberg
Maud Hyttenberg Maud Hyttenberg ... Gardener
Margaretha Krook ... Ingvar's Mother
Jan-Erik Lindqvist ... Mayor
Urban Sahlin Urban Sahlin ... Friend of Ingvar
Torbjörn Säfwe Torbjörn Säfwe ... Friend of Ingvar
Tomas von Brömssen ... Anders


Salaligan was a group of Swedish young men, active 1930-1936, guilty of several murders and robberies. The leader was the charismatic Sigvard Nilsson-Thurneman. A wayward, confabulating hypnotist and criminal mind. Salaligans actions was shockingly brutal and clearly meaningless. They killed randomly, for petty cash, celebrating a fabricated cause. Per Berglunds film opens with a quote from the Norwegian writer Aksel Sandemose. "I do not accuse man, I accuse the system which can not educate man to do otherwise than the inadequately and the wicked." The director Per Berglund and the producer Stefan Jarl are anxious to insist that the film is not a documentary of Salaligan. Instead the film emphasis's the small towns narrow-mindedness and the psychological and social processes that enables a criminal phenomenon like Salaligan to occur in such a place. Den magiska cirkeln is a good example of a politically accurate Swedish film of the 70's. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Release Date:

25 December 1970 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Salaligan See more »

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Europa Film See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Among a good crowd of Swedish actors, three odd characters appear; the Swedish mod Kenta Gustafsson , the eccentric Swedish writer Torbjörn Säfwe and the world famous Turkish photographer Lütfi Özkök. See more »


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Music composed by Jules Sylvain
Lyrics written by Nils Perne (as Jokern)
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