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Swedish books/movies/tv shows you should read/watch

Originally posted by introverts-hideaway

Here is a list of swedish books/movies/tv shows that you should read/watch if you want to !

(this is not a ranking)

1. BOOKS

April Witch 

(Aprilhäxan) by  Majgull Axelsson. 

Desirée wants to know who stole her life. Institutionalised since early childhood due to severe disabilities, she lies in her hospital bed making plans. She can neither walk nor talk, but she has special abilities. Desirée is an ‘April witch’, which means that she’s able to see through other creatures’ eyes and can make them take her wherever she wants to. In her quest to find out which of her three foster sisters has stolen her life, Desirée becomes an invisible presence in their lives, following them, biding her time.

Simon and the Oaks

(Simon och ekarna) by Marianne Fredriksson.

Simon Larsson grows up in a working-class family in Gothenburg in the 1940s. World War II is raging. Simon’s father is a man of principles and strong views; his mother runs the home with love and warmth. But they are not his biological parents. Simon finds out that he was adopted and that his real father is Jewish. At school, Simon meets Isak Lentov, the son of a rich Jewish bookkeeper. The Lentovs, who fled from Nazi Germany before the war, becomes closely linked to Simon’s own family as the two boys make the transition from childhood to adulthood.

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

(Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann) by Jonas Jonasson.

On his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson breaks out of an old people’s home, through the window. He is determined to fill his remaining days with adventure and embarks on a long journey through Sweden, being chased by thieves and police, making friends along the way. Mixed with his old-age adventure, his life’s story is told: he dines with president-to-be Harry S. Truman, hitchhikes with Winston Churchill, travels on a river boat with Mao Zedong’s wife and treks through the Himalayas.

Gösta Berling’s Saga

by Selma Lagerlöf.

A priest defrocked for misbehaving and drinking, Gösta Berling wants to die. The Mistress of Ekeby saves him from freezing to death and takes him in. As one of 12 party-loving homeless men in the manor at Ekeby, Gösta Berling becomes a leading spirit. But the evil Sintram lures the men into making a deal with the devil, which leads to the Mistress of Ekeby leaving home. Wild adventures, power struggle and redemption follow.

Let the Right One In

(Låt den rätta komma in) by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

It’s the winter of 1981 in the grey Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg. Twelve-year-old Oskar is being bullied. But he has a friend who lives next door, Eli. The two develop a close relationship, and Eli helps Oskar fight back against his tormentors. But this story is more than just a snapshot of average suburban life. Eli is a vampire, which Oskar has yet to find out. As mysterious murders spread fear and confusion in the community, Oskar starts to understand – but doesn’t abandon Eli.

The Road

(Vägen till Klockrike) by Harry Martinson.

In 1898, cigar maker Bolle faces big changes. Hand-rolled cigars have to give way to modern, machine-made, mass-produced cigars. Industrialisation is here and Bolle doesn’t like it. He hits the road. On wood-lined gravel roads we follow his vagabond journey through a Sweden about to change. Bolle learns how to beg without provoking people, faces the fear of inhabitants and meets riding policemen as well as vagabond friends. The vagabonds share a longing for freedom and a feeling of scepticism of the brave new world.

Popular Music from Vittula

(Populärmusik från Vittula) by Mikael Niemi.

Matti and his silent friend Niila grow up in Pajala in the very north of Sweden, in an area called Vittula. This is the 1960s/70s, when roads are covered with asphalt, small farms are closed and rock music hits the radio. The older generation doesn’t like the novelties, shaped as they are by memories of poorer times and by Laestadianism, a conservative Lutheran movement that started in Swedish Lapland. Mikael and his friends dream of another life, a life that awaits beyond the horizon.

Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs

(Nu vill jag sjunga dig milda sånger) by Linda Olsson.

One dark evening in March, Veronika arrives at a remote cottage in a small Swedish village, having come all the way from New Zealand. She is a young author longing for peace and quiet to be able to finish her novel and get on with her life after mourning a great loss. Veronika’s closest neighbour is Astrid, a loner. Behind her walls, dark family secrets and a personal tragedy are hidden. As the cold winter turns to spring, the two women slowly form a bond. Their friendship will change both of their lives forever.

The People of Hemsö

(Hemsöborna) by August Strindberg.

Carlsson is on his way to the island of Hemsö in the Stockholm archipelago to work at widow Flod’s farm. With Flod’s husband dead and her son Gusten not caring about farming, the farm is in a state of disorder. When Carlsson starts taking care of everything, Flod is happy, but her son finds Carlsson very snobbish. Eventually Carlsson marries Flod – but let’s just say she’s not the only woman on the island.

The Serious Game

(Den allvarsamma leken) by Hjalmar Söderberg.

Arvid Stjärnblom and Lydia Stille accidentally meet again, ten years after their young romance ended. Now, they are both married, but can’t help falling for each other again and start an affair. Lydia is an independent woman who gets a divorce and is prepared to follow her emotions, which turns out to have far-reaching consequences. Arvid, on the other hand, stays married to his wife with whom he has two children. It soon becomes clear that love is a serious game.

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Fashion films

This is a comprehensive list of fashion films by categories:

1. Documentaries:

  1. Diana Vreeland: The eye has to travel (2011)
  2. Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton (2007)
  3. The September Issue (2009)
  4. Lagerfeld Confidential (2007)
  5. Valentino: the last emperor (2008)
  6. Yves Saint Laurent: L'amour fou (2010)
  7. Bill Cunningham New York (2010)
  8. In Vogue: the editor’s eye (2012)
  9. Fashion Victim: the killing of Gianni Versace (2001)
  10. Notebook on Cities and Clothes (1989)
  11. J.Crew and the Man Who Dressed America (2012)
  12. This is My Dream (2011)
  13. A Man’s Story (2010)
  14. OWN Visionaries: Tom Ford (2011)
  15. Picture me: A model’s diary (2009)
  16. Don’t tell my Booker (2007)

2. Biographic films about designers/fashion icons:

1)     Coco avant Chanel (2009)

2)     Gia (1988)

3)     Factory girl (2006)

4)     Ciao Manhattan (1972)

5)     The bitter tears of Petra von Kant

3. Fashion-themed movies:

1)     Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

2)     Sex and the City 1 & 2

3)     The women (2008)

4)     Fashion (2008)

5)     Funny Face (1957)

6)     Prêt – à – Porter (1994)

7)      Rage (2009)

8)     Point&Shoot (2004)

9)     Garmento (2002)

10)  Mahogany (1975)

11)  Cover Girl (1944)

12)  Blowup (1966)

13)  Girl Model (2011)

4. Movies that generates influential styles/trends:

1)     Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

2)     Clueless (1995)

3)     Nine (2009)

4)     The Antonement (2007)

5)     Legally blonde (2001)

6)     Monte Carlo (2011)

7)     Blade runner (1982)

8)     Grease (1978)

9)     Annie Hall (1977)

10)  American Graffiti (1973)

11)  Working girl (1988)

12)  Flashdance (1983)

13)  Rebel without a Cause (1955)

14)  Bonnie & Clyde (1967)

15)  Zoolander (2001)

5. Movies that won Oscar’s best costume design

1)     The Great Gatsby (2013)

2)     Anna Karenina (2012)

3)     The Artist (2011)

4)     Alice in Wonderland (2010)

5)     The Young Victoria (2009)

6)     The Duchess (2008)

7)     Elizabeth: the golden age (2007)

8)     Marie Antoinette (2006)

9)     Memoirs of Geisha  (2005)

10)  The Aviator (2004)

11)  The lord of the rings: the return of the king (2003)

12)  Chicago (2002)

13)  Moulin Rouge (2001)

14)  Gladiator (2000)

15)  Topsy-Turvy (1999)

16)  Shakespeare in love (1998)

17)  Titanic (1997)

18)  The English Patient (1996)

19)  Restoration (1995)

20)  The adventure of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

21)  The age of Innocence (1993)

22)  Bram Stoker’s Dracula

23)  Bugsy (1991)

24)  Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)

25)  Henry V (1989)

26)  Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

27)  The Last Emperor (1987)

28)  A Room with a View (1986)

29)  Ran (1985)

30)  Amadeus (1984)

31)  Fanny and Alexander (1983)

32)  Ghandi (1982)

33)  Chariots of Fire (1981)

34)  Tess (1980)

35)  All that Jazz (1979)

36)  Death on the Nile (1978)

37)  Star Wars (1977)

38)  Fellini’s Casanova (1976)

39)  Barry Lyndon (1975)

40)  The Great Gatsby (1974)

41)  The Sting (1973)

42)  Travels with my Aunt (1972)

43)  Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

44)  Cromwell (1970)

45)  Anne of the thousand days (1969)

46)  Romeo and Juliet (1968)

47)  Camelot (1967)

48)  A man for all seasons (1966 – color)

49)  Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966 – black & white)

50)  Doctor Zhivago (1965 – color)

51)  Darling (1965 – black & white)

52)  My fair lady (1964 – color)

53)  The nights of Iguana (1964 – black & white)

54)  Cleopatra (1963 – Color)

55)  8 ½ (1963 – black & white)

56)  The wonderful world of the Brothers Grimm (1962 – color)

57)  What ever happened to Baby Jane (1962 – black & white)

58)  West Side Story (1961 – color)

59)  La Dolce Vita (1961 – black & white)

60)  Spartacus (1960 – color)

61)  The facts of life (1960 – black & white)

62)  Ben-Hur (1959 – color)

63)  Some like it hot (1959 – black & white)

64)  Gigi (1958)

65)  Les Girls (1957)

66)  The King and I (1956 – color)

67)  The solid Gold Cadillac (1956 – black & white)

68)  Love is a many-splendored thing  (1955 – color)

69)  I’ll cry tomorrow (1955 – black & white)

70)  Gate of Hell (1954 – color)

71)  Sabrina (1954 – black & white)

72)  The robe (1953 – color)

73)  The roman holiday (1953 – black & white)

74)  Moulin Rouge (1952 – color)

75)  The bad and the beautiful (1952 – black & white)

76)  An American in Paris ( 1951 – color)

77)  A place in the sun (1951 – black & white)

78)  Samson and Delilah (1950 – color)

79)  All about Eve (1950 – black & white)

80)  Adventure of Don Juan (1949 – color)

81)  The Heiress (1949 – black & white)

82)  Joan or Arc (1948 - color)

83)  Hamlet (1948 – black & white)

My fav films of the 80s:

  1. Fanny och Alexander, Ingmar Bergman, 1982 
  2. Dekalog, Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1988 
  3. My Friend Ivan Lapshin, Aleksey German, 1984 
  4. A Time to Live, a Time to Die, Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1985 
  5. Kárhozat, Béla Tarr, 1988 
  6. Full Metal Jacket, Stanley Kubrick, 1987 
  7. Topio stin omichli, Theo Angelopoulos, 1988 
  8. De wisselwachter, Jos Stelling, 1986 
  9. Come and see, Elem Klimov, 1985 
  10. Blue Velvet, David Lynch, 1986 
  11. Angst, Gerald Kargl, 1983 
  12. Love Streams, John Cassavetes, 1984 
  13. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, Peter Greenaway, 1989 
  14. Fitzcarraldo, Werner Herzog, 1982 
  15. Der siebente Kontinent, Michael Haneke, 1989 
  16. Der Himmel über Berlin, Wim Wenders, 1987 
  17. Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982 
  18. Offret, Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986 
  19. Le rayon vert, Éric Rohmer, 1986
  20. Kong bu fen zi, Edward Yang, 1986
  21. The Dead, John Huston, 1987 
  22. Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Steven Soderbergh, 1989 
  23. Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios, Pedro Almodóvar, 1988 
  24. Mitt liv som hund, Lasse Hallström, 1985
  25. The Last Judgement, Herz Frank, 1987