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2006 April 20, 2006

Filmform presents: Old and New Classics

Foto: Mark Standley Svenska Filminstitutet

What characterizes a classic? How many years must pass, before we can distinguish a classic? Who decides that it is a classic?

All the films in the programme can be labelled classics, in different contexts.

Diagonal Symphony, because it was one of the few avant-garde films made at the time and because it is the only film by Viking Eggeling that is preserved. It is something as rare as a piece of visual music. A Day in the City by Pontus Hultén and Hans Nordenström, with its pioneering, anarchistic humour has clearly passed the test of time. General Rehearsal for Suicide by Åke Karlung for its eccentricity and its allusions to the art scene of the time. Gunvor Grundel Nelson’s My Name is Oona is virtually unknown to the Swedish audience, but has received cult status in the US. Marit Lindberg’s Mikaela’s voice has been seen by children and adults alike, and raises important issues about vulnerability and belonging. We come full circle with the minimalist work 27 Kilometer Drawing, where Lina Selanders pays tribute to Viking Eggeling.

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Programme
Total length is 62 minutes.

1

Diagonalsymfonin

Viking Eggeling

1924, 00:08:27

2

En dag i staden

Pontus Hultén & Hans Nordenström

1956, 00:19:00

3

Generalrepetition för självmord

Åke Karlung

1964, 00:03:00

4

MY NAME IS OONA

Gunvor Nelson

1969, 00:10:00

5

Mikaelas röst

Marit Lindberg

1997, 00:09:00

6

1970, 00:00:00

7

27 Kilometer Drawing

Lina Selander

2002, 00:07:00

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