Bo Widerberg Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden
Died in Ängelholm, Skåne län, Sweden  (stomach cancer)
Birth NameBo Gunnar Widerberg

Mini Bio (1)

Bo Widerberg was born on June 8, 1930 in Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden as Bo Gunnar Widerberg. He was a director and writer, known for Adalen 31 (1969), All Things Fair (1995) and Kärlek 65 (1965). He was married to Vanja Nettelbladt and Ann-Mari Björklund. He died on May 1, 1997 in Ängelholm, Skåne län.

Spouse (2)

Vanja Nettelbladt (1954 - 1973) ( divorced) ( 3 children)
Ann-Mari Björklund (1953 - 1954) ( divorced)

Trivia (9)

Liked to bet on horses, and once won 175,000 SEK (Approximately 25,000 USD).
Father of Johan Widerberg
Not a friend of good planning, he sometimes rewrote parts of the script in the margins of a newspaper while sitting on the can in the morning, before going to the shoot. He flourished under chaos, with everything happening fast and in no particular order. This was extremely demanding for the crew, never really knowing what to except, but everybody agreed it was a great way to get the energy up for every day.
In the 60s, as a young director, he questioned Ingmar Bergman's status in Sweden and in the world with unusual fire and soul, believing the stories and camera work were to constructed and Bergmans characters too stiff. On the other hand, Bergman was very impressed with Widerberg's films, but the two directors never met.
Often stated that Ådalen '31 (1969) and Ormens väg på hälleberget (1986) were the two films in his career he felt were the happiest ones.
Suffered from bipolar disorder but only agreed treatment in his later years.
Rose to prominence in 1962 as a newspaper film critic, with the publication of his controversial book "Visions of Swedish Cinema", in which he criticised the monopolisation of his country's film industry by Ingmar Bergman and his adherents.
Favoured natural lighting in his films and considered black & white photography as too stark and stylised.
Left school at 17, then deserted from the army after being conscripted, but was able to avoid prosecution. Had published a novel and short stories by the age of 22.

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