Already in his childhood, Pablo Picasso show talent for painting and is sent to the Academy of Arts in Madrid. He becomes a painter but has to live in Paris in poverty. But one day he is ...
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A group of party goers have trouble getting their boat ashore on a small island. The inhabitants of the island try to help, often with the help of an old sailor, and the results are absurd and hilarious.
A German business man, Volkswagner, comes to Österlen in the south of Sweden to build Deutschneyland, a gigantic amusement park for German tourists. The local councilors and the member of ... See full summary »
Young Dante Alighieri inherits 17 million from his father the sausage maker on one condition - he has to give up smoking in 14 days. But the days go on and he simply can't quit. He hires a ... See full summary »
This musical tragicomedy starring Max von Sydow as The Father, the patriarch of a seemingly nameless family. A factory owner whose workers transform eggs into specialized tools for ... See full summary »
Max von Sydow,
The Backlund family is going on a caravanning holiday. According to the father Gösta it is the best way to see Sweden. The son Johan does not want to do anything but bathing and the ... See full summary »
Gunnar 'Knas' Lindkvist
An eccentric millionaire dies at a manor in Dalarna in Sweden, leaving behind three sons and a mistress. One of four parallel stories about parents and children. Four sides of Sweden. Four shades of brown.
Already in his childhood, Pablo Picasso show talent for painting and is sent to the Academy of Arts in Madrid. He becomes a painter but has to live in Paris in poverty. But one day he is discovered by a rich American millionaire and starts to earn money. But he wastes his talent by painting plates. He meets the famous people of the 1920s: Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Appolinaire, Hitler and Churchill.Written by
The movie contains 10 languages: Swedish, English, Finnish, Italian, Spanish, Russian, French, German, Norwegian and Latin. Most sentences in the "foreign" languages (apart from the narration in Swedish) mean something completely other than what it seems, or mean nothing in particular: for example the lyric of the famous Finnish song is actually a recipe. Even though it's a Swedish film, the only Swedish spoken (apart from the narration) is when Picasso's father answers the phone, saying "Hur fan ska jag veta det?" ("How the hell should I know?"). See more »
During the doctors visit after Don Jose death and rigor mortis, the corpse blinks during the doctors efforts to straighten the body out.
(this may be explained however, in that it turns out Don Jose was only in suspended animation, and everyone thought he was dead). See more »
[on Picasso's painting depicting a hideous version of a woman]
And that was the birth of monsterism.
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Scenes making fun of Prohibition and the electric chair were deleted in the US version, making it eleven minutes shorter than the Swedish original. The filmmakers were not informed. See more »
Brilliant film. Sadly the US version has been censored.
I saw this film while in Hungary (even funnier with Hungarian subtitles - cause it looks so incomprehensible!).
Sadly, when I rented it here in the USA, I discovered that a large chunk of the film dealing with Picasso in New York during the prohibition of modern art, and his subsequent trial and escape had been ruthlessly cut by the US censors. Criminal. Can't we Americans relax and learn to laugh at ourselves, too??
Nonetheless, this is a hilarious film and, as Monty Python so often does, draws on our knowledge of history to make it's fractured-fairytale point. Strongly recommended for those who love wacky (though sometimes slightly sophomoric) humor with a light intellectual touch.
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