Films with and about Jussi


Scene from "Fram för framgång". (Head for Success) Swedish movie, recorded 1937, premiered 1938.

 

 

FILMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER compiled by Harald Henrysson

Documentaries

Jussi Björlings saga (The Jussi Björling Saga) TV-documentary by Jan Sederholm. Sveriges Radio, 1977.

Jussi Björling. German TV-documentary by Jan Schmidt-Garre & Marieke Schröder for Pars Media, Munich, in the series Belcanto: Die Tenöre der Schellackzeit, 1997 (Bel canto: The Tenors of the 78 Era). Available on DVD with English text (Medici Arts 2050218)

Three Legendary Tenors: Caruso, Gigli, Björling: The Story of the Singers who Defined an Art. British TV-documentary produced by Richard Fawkes for Four Ashes Films; manuscript and presentation: Nigel Douglas, 1999. (Available on DVD: Digital Classics DC 10009)

Sagan om Jussi. (The Jussi Saga) TV documentary by Johan von Sydow, Swedish Television, 2011.

Jussi i våra hjärtan: Grabben från Stora Tuna. (Jussi in Our Hearts: The Lad from Stora Tuna) Documentary by Torbjörn Lindqvist, Mas-Media, 2011. (Available on DVD: Pan Vision CINED8541. NTSC version with English text, Jussi Björling: He Sang With a Tear in his Voice, Kultur D 8473)

Feature Films

John EricssonSegraren vid Hampton Roads (The Winner at Hampton Roads) Swedish movie from 1937. Direction: Gustaf Edgren, produced by Svensk Filmindustri. (Jussi Björling is not pictured in the film, he is only heard in song)

 

Fram för framgång. (Head for Success) Swedish movie, recorded 1937, premiered 1938. Direction and manuscript: Gunnar Skoglund, produced by Svensk Filmindustri. Jussi plays the leading part as the singer Tore Nilsson who is discovered and is a great success. Jussi sings five numbers. Also starring Aino Taube and Åke Ohberg. Unfortunately not yet released on DVD.

 

En svensk Tiger. (A Swedish Tiger) Swedish movie, recorded 1947, premiered 1948. Director: Gustaf Edgren. (No copy seems to have been preserved of the part of the film where Jussi appeared)

 

Resan till Dej (The Journey to You). (At the reprise premiere entitled “En gång jag seglar i hamn” (One Day I’ll Sail Ashore). Swedish movie from 1953. Directed by Stig Olin, produced by Terrafilm Productions Inc. In the central roles Alice Babs and Sven Lindberg and a large number of the best known actors of the period. Jussi plays himself and sings two excellent numbers: Celeste Aïda and Till havs. Director Stig Olin managed to bargain with Jussi who accepted a fee of SEK 6,000. Available on DVD, Studio S, S 326.

 

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Films Where Jussi Björling Recordings Are Featured

 

(In alphabetic order according to original title. English title – if any – in brackets.)

 

The name of the director in square brackets. The number of the recording from my chronological catalogue of Jussi Björling’s recordings when known. The list is no doubt incomplete and completions are gratefully received to harald.henrysson@tele2.se

 

40 Days and 40 Nights [Michael Lehmann. USA 2002.]

Recondita armonia

Aria [Ken Russell (in the section with Jussi).] 

Nessun dorma (240f1)

Atonement [Joe Wright. USA 2007.]
O soave fanciulla (211a11-a12)

Bobby Jones - Stroke of Genius [Rowdy Herrington. USA 2004.]
Non piangere, Liù (240c2)

Dark matter [Shi-Zheng Chen. USA 2007.]
E lucevan le stelle

Funny Games US [Michael Haneke. USA 2007.]
Tu qui, Santuzza? (220b1)

Gasolin’ [Anders Østergaard. Denmark 2006.]
Chanson hindoue (85)

Hälsoresan [Lasse Åberg. Sweden1999.]  
Till havs

Härifrån till Kim [Lars Egler. Sweden 1993.]
Tonerna (227)

Ikke naken (The Colour of Milk) [Torun Lian. Norway & Sweden 2004.]
Aftonstämning
Så tag mit hjerte
Adam: Cantique de noël (O Holy Night)(Swedish) (234) or Beethoven: Die Ehre Gottes in der Natur (Swedish) (233)

The Inland Sea [Lucille Carra. USA 1991.]
Nessun dorma (240f1)

Jägarna  2 (False Trail)[Kjell Sundvall. Sweden 2011.]
Tonerna (227)

Konsten att flagga [Ingrid Rudefors & Peter Östlund. Sweden 2001.]
Come un bel dì di maggio
O Lola
E lucevan le stelle

Konsten att städa [Nina Hedenius. Sweden 2003.]
Adam: Cantique de Noël (O Holy Night) (Swedish) (234)

Laitakaupungin valot (Lights in the Dusk) [Aki Kaurismäki. Finland 2006.]
Donna non vidi mai (161B)
Recondita armonia
Ch’ella mi creda

The Man without a Face [Mel Gibson. USA 1993.]
Ch’ella mi creda (222)

Med kameran som tröst, Part 2 [Carl Johan de Geer. Sweden 2004.]
E lucevan le stelle

Mördare utan ansikte (Wallander) [TV-series. Pelle Berglund. Sweden 2005.]
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Neokonchennaya pyesa dlya mekanicheskogo pianino (Unfinished Piece for Player-Piano) [Nikita Michalkov. USSR 1977.]
Una furtiva lagrima (216)

Next Stop, Greenwich Village [Paul Mazursky. USA 1976.]
Che gelida manina (176) [latter part]

The Pickle, [Paul Mazursky. USA 1993.]
Che gelida manina (176) [latter part]

Senso [Luchino Visconti. Italy 1954.]
L’onda dei suoni mistici (182f4)

Svinalängorna (Beyond) [Pernilla August, Sweden 2010.]
Adam: Cantique de noël (O Holy Night) (Swedish) (234) [first part]

Ti kniver i hjertet (Cross My Heart and Hope to Die) [Marius Holst. Norway 1994.]
Tonerna (227) 
När jag för mig själv i mörka skogen går (230)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy [Tomas Alfredson. Great Britain 2011.]
Land, du välsignade (228)

Veranda för en tenor [Lisa Ohlin. Sweden 1998.]
La donna è mobile (Swedish & Italian)
Che gelida manina
Nämner du Sverige

What I have written [John Hughes. Australia 1995.]

Adam: Cantique de noël (O Holy Night) (Swedish) (234)

 

 

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