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Peter Weiss & Hans Nordenström

In According to Law from 1957 Weiss gives a more penetrating documentation of claustrofobia, alienation and absence of sexual life in a youth prison in the fifties, in Uppsala, a small town in Sweden. From unexpected angles he is catching the naked external and gloomy interior. These sequences visualise in a suggestive way the structure of power in prisons. The text in the beginning of the film says: “The film was censored by the State. We who made the film were prohibited freedom of expression. It was assumed of you who see the film that you could take offense at certain details of reality”

English title According to Law
Keywords Documentary, Experimental, Architecture
Aspect ratio 1.37:1 (Academy)
Prod. format Generic film
Duration 00:20:00
Language Swedish
Color BW
Year 1957
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About the artists

Peter Weiss

Peter Weiss

1916-1982. Born in Germany. He is best known internationally as a writer. His novels and dramatic works have been translated into many languages. He was also a painter and film-maker.

Hans Nordenström

1927-2004. Professor in Design Methodology and Architecture, Gothenburg.