Arne Sucksdorff

Filmmaker, Documentarian, Screenwriter
Renowned documentarian who began making short, poetic nature films in his native Sweden, progressing in the 1950s to feature-length works filmed in distant locales such as India and Brazil. Sucksdorff's command of image ... Read more »
Born: 02/03/1917 in Sweden

Filmography

other (5)

The Great Adventure 1954 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Great Adventure 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Great Adventure 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Great Adventure 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Adventure 1954 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Biography

Renowned documentarian who began making short, poetic nature films in his native Sweden, progressing in the 1950s to feature-length works filmed in distant locales such as India and Brazil. Sucksdorff's command of image and mood, and his ability to lend an unobtrusive narrative quality to his studies, have invited comparisons to the work of American master Robert Flaherty.

Aside from the restrained and beautifully photographed "The Great Adventure" (1953), Sucksdorff's later, increasingly fictionalized, features have been less successful than his shorts. He has scripted, photographed and edited all of his films.

Relationships

Britta Amkvist

Sister
survived him

Astrid Bergman

Wife

Maria Sucksdorff

Wife
Brazilian refused to move to Sweden with him in the 1990s survived him

EDUCATION

studied painting with Otto Skold and photography with Rudolf Klein-Rogge in Berlin

University of Stockholm

quit to study theatrical direction

Milestones

1953

Settled in Brazil; directed Brazilian film school

1953

First feature, "The Great Adventure"

1939

First short, "An August Rhapsody"

Returned to Sweden to live in the early 1990s

Still photographs of Italy won first prize in Swedish film magazine contest

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