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Elvira Madigan (1967)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Elvira Madigan (1967, Sw.)

In director Bo Widerberg's romantic melodrama:

  • the lovely and sensuous scenes in the tragic, 19th century, idyllic Swedish elopement-romance between two star-crossed lovers:

    - 16 year old circus-tightrope walker Hedvig 'Elvira' Madigan (Pia Degermark)
    - Army lieutenant officer Sixten Sparre (Thommy Berggren) who deserted his post

  • the memorable soundtrack of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C
  • the final picnic scene in which Elvira told Sixten that they must commit suicide together, although he was unable to pull the trigger on her at point-blank range
  • the film's ending with the freeze-frame image of Elvira grasping a butterfly - with a shot heard off-screen as her lover shot her to death, and then a second shot when he committed suicide to join her


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