Sunday, April 15, 2012

After so many years of anticipation...

My mother in a photobooth, around 1963-64.

...i've at last laid my hands on a copy of the 1964 swedish comedy "Svenska Bilder" (Swedish Portraits) in which my beautiful mother Katarina, then 23, had a minor part as a housemaid.
It has never been released on either vhs or dvd, only some public screenings and on television. So it was so exciting to finally see her in it, to see her walk and talk -even if all she said was "Yes, yes, madam is waiting" and "Thank you".
She never became an actress and this was the only thing she was in as far as i know, -although she took acting classes as well as dancing and singing lessons. She moved in those circles and at times worked as prompter at a theater.
With her striking looks and charm she probably would have made an excellent actress but, much like me, i guess she was too shy and insecure.
She went on to become a high school teacher and taught history, religion, swedish and drama.

Just those few seconds of seeing her made me incredibly happy, and the whole film is an extraordinarily pretty and witty little creation, i can't see why it was left in obscurity for so long. Here are some screen caps:

with Georg Rydeberg and Hans Alfredsson