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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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


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


English | Swedish

Release Date:

26 August 2000 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Sven Nykvist: Light Keeps Me Company See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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[first lines]
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 Winter Light (1963) See more »


Svens Tema
by Gudrun Nykvist, Kasper Lindgren, Peter Hennix & Ann Blom
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A touching portrait on a virtuoso cinematographer.
3 December 2000 | by crow-50See all my reviews

Anyone who's familiar with cinema would have heard of the great Swedish cinematographer Sven Nykvist. A humanist toward actors and a friend to crew members it's obvious from his son Carl Nykvist's documentary Light Keeps Me Company, that Sven is a likeable guy.

Like most documentaries, Carl Nykvist's film is also chalked full of interviews of prominent actors, crew members, directors as well as, family members. While the interviews with such Swedish cinema luminaries as Igmar Bergman, Liv Ullman, Bibi Anderson and Harriett Andersson as well as, Americans Woody Allen and Gena Rowlands are entertaining, the dramatic arc of the documentary that touches upon crucial moments in the photographer's life proves more poignant.

However, the story of Siddartha that is narrated throughout the documentary tends to interrupt the flow of the dominant narrative. Yes, it's true that Nykvist's life parallels his favorite novel, but a little would go a long way here.

Light Keeps Me Company is a must see for cinema enthusiasts. It might even prove educational as well as entertaining for some viewers. Learn a little cinematic history and honor a great master of light.

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