Feature Film, 1977

Paradise Square

Gunnel Lindbloms debut as a film director became –one of the major Swedish cinema export successes of the 1970's. Produced by Ingmar Bergman and Cinematograph.

About the film

Ever the faithful Bergman collaborator, this was Gunnel Lindblom's debut as a film director. Alongside her acting career she had previously –directed a number of stage plays, and adapted one of them for television.

It was Bergman who first suggested filming Ulla Isaksson's novel 'Paradise Square', indicating that he would be willing to produce it via his own company Cinematograph. Lindblom had known Isaksson for some time, and Bergman had directed both Brink of Life and The Virgin Spring based on original screenplays by Isaksson. Bergman now felt the time was right for the two of them to write something together. He and Isaksson set to work towards the end of 1975, and by the summer of the next year they were ready to start shooting. The support of the Swedish Film Institute was virtually a formality, and SF was interested in the project.

Shortly afterwards came the notorious incident of Bergman's arrest at the Royal Dramatic Theatre on charges of tax irregularities. He suffered a breakdown and subsequently went into exile in Germany. This meant that he was unable to oversee the project as he– and Gunnel Lindblom –had originally intended.

The Swedish critics' response was lukewarm, yet the film enjoyed relative success at the box office. Paradise Square was screened in episodes at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival, and subsequently went on to achieve some degree of international success. Widely received as a new 'Bergman film' it became –alongside the director's own films –one of the major Swedish cinema export successes of the 1970s.


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  • Birgitta Valberg
  • Sif Ruud
  • Margaretha Byström
  • Agneta Ekmanner
  • Inga Landgré
  • Solveig Ternström
  • Dagny Lind
  • Holger Löwenadler
  • Per Myrberg
  • Göran Stangertz
  • Maria Blomkvist
  • Pontus Gustafsson
  • Oscar Ljung
  • Toni Magnusson
  • Marianne Aminoff
  • Anna Borg
  • Mats Helander
  • Gösta Prüzelius, Henrik, Tomas far
  • Ann Lilljequist, Propman
  • Lars Karlsson, First Assistant Cameraman
  • Daniel Bergman, Best Boy
  • Bo Ahlgren, Gaffer
  • Stefan Gustafsson, Gaffer
  • Tony Forsberg, Director of Photography
  • Lars-Owe Carlberg, Unit Manager
  • Johan Clason, Unit Manager
  • Johan Nykvist, Camera Operator
  • Siv Lundgren, Film Editor
  • Caroline von Rosen, Assistant Costume Designer
  • Inger Pehrsson, Costume Designer
  • Lars Lundberg, Supervising Sound Editor
  • Lars Lundgren, Production Mixer
  • Göran Carmback, Production Mixer
  • Nils Melander, Color Timer
  • Gunnel Lindblom, Screenplay
  • Ulla Isaksson, Screenplay
  • Owe Svensson, Re-recording Mixer
  • Evert Taube, Music Composer
  • Georg Riedel, Music Composer
  • Duncan Lamont, Music Composer
  • Ulf Pramfors, Key Grip
  • Ragnar Waaranperä, Key Grip
  • Anders Bergkvist, Key Grip
  • Bengt Lundgren, Key Grip
  • Ulla Ledin, Production Assistant
  • Katinka Faragó, Production Manager / Production Coordinator
  • Kaj Larsen, Property Master
  • Anna Asp, Production Designer
  • Kerstin Eriksdotter, Script Supervisor
  • Cecilia Drott, Make-up Supervisor
  • Arne Carlsson, Other Crew
  • Gunnar Salander, Other Crew
  • Dagmar Snäcke, Other Crew
  • Ingmar Bergman, Producer