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Elvira Madigan (1967)

The Danish tightrope dancer Elvira Madigan meets Lieutenant Sixten Sparre, a Swedish officer who is married and has two children. They both decide to run away.

Director:

Bo Widerberg

Writer:

Bo Widerberg
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pia Degermark ... Elvira Madigan, alias Hedvig Jensen
Thommy Berggren ... Sixten Sparre
Lennart Malmer Lennart Malmer ... Kristoffer
Cleo Jensen Cleo Jensen ... Cleo (as Cleo)
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Storyline

Hedvig Jensen is a famous ropewalker and is known to her public as Elvira Madigan. She meets Lieutenant Sixten Sparre, a Swedish officer who is married and has two children. They both decide to run away, but since Sixten deserted the army, he cannot find any job and the couple encounters many hardships. Moreover, while on the run, Sixten meets a friend who tries to convince him to come back to his country and family. Written by Papakamayo

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as beautiful as love is See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The film is based on a real-life romance that occurred in the 19th century. The story has been filmed three times. See more »

Quotes

Elvira Madigan, alias Hedvig Jensen: Don't you understand what we have to do, Sixten?
Sixten Sparre: Don't say it.
Elvira Madigan, alias Hedvig Jensen: We must. We don't have any choice.
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Connections

Featured in Sixten (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto for Violin and Strings in E major, RV 271 (L'Amoroso, first movement)
(uncredited)
Music by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Herbert von Karajan
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Gorgeous and Tragic Love Story
13 December 2006 | by kathikSee all my reviews

I saw this film when it came out in the 1960's. It is loosely based on a true story of two lovers, a beautiful tightrope dancer and a married Army Lieutenant, who run away together in the late 1800's. I was blown away by the sheer beauty of this film. There are no car chases or explosions. Instead, it brings you close to nature with the sights and sounds of the fields and trees, the wind, sumptuous berries, bird songs and crickets. Their love plays out within some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. It runs almost in real time, quietly moving their story along. This film left a lasting impression on me for decades. I loved it.


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Details

Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Danish

Release Date:

24 April 1967 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Elvira Madigan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Europa Film See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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