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.
Sometimes truth is more exciting
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Did You Know?
To accentuate Elvira Madigan's mixed descent her Swedish voice was dubbed by Danish actress Yvonne Ingdal
, while Swedish actress Pia Degermark
who acted the role dubbed the few scenes where she spoke Danish. This meant she always spoke with an accent. See more
Elvira Madigan, alias Hedvig Jensen
Don't talk about love, Sixten. We can't butter our bread with it.
You want me to find a job? Where? Tell me!
You want me to find a job. Tell me! Where?
How am I supposed to do it? Should I go in and say, "My name is Count Sparre. I've deserted from the Swedish army. Can you give me work?" Is that how I should do it?
Version of Elvira Madigan
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467 (second movement: Andante)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Géza Anda
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon
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