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Ljuset håller mig sällskap (2000)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 26 August 2000 (Sweden)
Carl-Gustaf Nykvist's documentary about his father, Sven Nykvist. The film is based on Sven's memoirs with Sven himself as narrator. A journey to the place of birth, Moheda, constitutes the... See full summary »
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Sven Nykvist ... Himself
Erland Josephson ... Himself - Interviewee / Narrator
Susan Sarandon ... Herself - Interviewee
Stellan Skarsgård ... Himself - Interviewee
Gena Rowlands ... Herself - Interviewee
Ingmar Bergman ... Himself - Interviewee
Liv Ullmann ... Herself - Interviewee
Woody Allen ... Himself - Interviewee
Richard Attenborough ... Himself - Interviewee (as Sir Richard Attenborough)
Vilmos Zsigmond ... Himself - Interviewee
Vittorio Storaro ... Himself - Interviewee
Sigfrid Sodergren Sigfrid Sodergren ... Himself - Interviewee
Bibi Andersson ... Herself - Interviewee
Per Lönndahl Per Lönndahl ... Himself - Interviewee (as Pelle Lönndahl)
Gunnel Lindblom ... Herself - Interviewee
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Carl-Gustaf Nykvist's documentary about his father, Sven Nykvist. The film is based on Sven's memoirs with Sven himself as narrator. A journey to the place of birth, Moheda, constitutes the hub of the film and during the journey friends and memories emerge. Written by Fredrik Klasson <fredrik.klasson@boras.mail.telia.com>

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Sweden | Denmark

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English | Swedish

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26 August 2000 (Sweden) See more »

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Sven Nykvist: Light Keeps Me Company See more »

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Dolby SR

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1.66 : 1
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Erland Josephson - Interviewee: Sven is not east to sum up. His disposition is much more powerful, and he is much more strong-willed than you think first meeting him.
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Features The Silence (1963) See more »

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Faroe Island
by Mynta
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8 May 2006 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

It makes me happy to see someone, be it the subject's own son or just anyone, film a documentary about a person who should, once he or she has left this Earth at some point, be rightfully remembered. Pioneering cinematographer Sven Nykvist is one of those people, revealed in this documentary to be revered heavily by those who have worked with him, while also having a private, but interesting, life. After a strict upbringing, and only slowly gravitating towards becoming a director of photography, he established himself doing work for various European artists until settling with his main collaborator, Ingmar Bergman, for over twenty-years. Seeing the interviews with the two of them is worth the price of the DVD in and of itself, but it's also of note that Nykvist himself is on his own quite captivating, in a quiet, assured way. His life story is put together lovingly by his son, and the interviews with those that have worked along with him, like Liv Ullmann (actually, all of Bergman's stock company rolls out), Woody Allen, Richard Attenborough, and other fellow cinematographers like Storaro and Zsigmond. Aside from the documentary details of Nykvist's life and how he would work with Bergman or Tarkovsky or Woody, what caps it all is what he contributed to the cinema history and language is given precedence. You know more often than not when you're watching a film lensed by Nykvist, even during his later years in the 90's, as he tried out other things with directors. It would be one thing to just think of him as the man behind the lens with these great directors, and particularly the two dozen or so with Bergman. But to get such a fine glimpse of the man and his art, after being sadly forced into retirement by an ailment, is remarkable.


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