Mai Zetterling

Place of birth:
Västerås, Västmanlands län, Sweden:
Mai Elisabeth Zetterling ( May 24, 1925 – March 17, 1994) was a Swedish actress and film director. She began directing in the early 1960s, starting with political documentaries and a short film called The War Game (1962), which was nominated for a BAFTA award, and won a Silver Lion at Venice. Her first feature film Älskande par (1964, "Loving Couples"), based on the novels of Agnes von Krusenstjerna, was banned at the Cannes Film Festival for its sexual explicitness and nudity. Kenneth Tynan of The Observer later called it "one of the most ambitious debuts since Citizen Kane." It was not the only film she made that would stir up controversy for its frank sexuality (early pioneer on voyeurism). When critics reviewing her debut feature said that "Mai Zetterling directs like a man," she began to explore feminist themes more explicitly in her work. The Girls, which had an all-star Swedish cast including Bibi Andersson and Harriet Andersson, discussed women's liberation (or lack thereof) in a society controlled by men, as the protagonists compare their lives to characters in the play Lysistrata, and find that things have not progressed very much for women since ancient times.


Regissören: en film om Mai Zetterling (2015)
as herself (archival footage)
Möte med Mai (1996)
Morfars resa (1993)
as Elin Fromm
Hidden Agenda (1990)
as Moa
The Witches (1990)
as Helga Eveshim
Calling the Shots (1988)
Stulet nyår (1978)
as Gerda
Stockholm (1978)
Mon coeur est rouge (1977)
as Nietzsche
Vi har många namn (1976)
The Man Who Finally Died (1963)
as Lisa von Deutsch
Operation Mermaid (1963)
The Main Attraction (1962)
as Gina
Only Two Can Play (1962)
as Liz
Lords of Little Egypt: Mai Zetterling Among the Gypsies (1961)
Offbeat (1961)
as Ruth Lombard
Faces in the Dark (1960)
as Christiane Hammond
Piccadilly Third Stop (1960)
as Christine Preedy
Jet Storm (1959)
as Carol Tilley
The Master Builder (1958)
Abandon Ship (1957)
as Nurse Julie White
The Truth About Women (1957)
as Julie Eaton
A Prize of Gold (1955)
as Maria
Dance Little Lady (1954)
as Nina Gordon
Knock On Wood (1954)
as Ilse Nordstrom
Desperate Moment (1953)
as Anna DeBurg
The Ringer (1952)
as Lisa
Tall Headlines (1952)
as Doris Rickardson
Hell Is Sold Out (1951)
as Valerie Martin
Blackmailed (1951)
as Mrs. Carol Edwards
Naughty Arlette (1949)
as Arlette
The Lost People (1949)
as Lily
The Bad Lord Byron (1949)
as Teresa Guiccioli
Portrait from Life (1948)
as Lidia
Quartet (1948)
as Jeanne
Musik i mörker (1948)
as Ingrid Olofsson
Frieda (1947)
as Frieda
Driver dagg faller regn (1946)
as Marit Germundsdotter
Iris och löjtnantshjärta (1946)
as Iris Mattson
Hets (1944)
as Bertha Olsson
Jag dräpte (1943)
as Miss Peters
Lasse-Maja (1941)
as Fanny © 2021

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