Mai Zetterling

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Mai Zetterling came to feminism gradually. In her autobiography, "All Those Tomorrows," she notes, "When the reviews of my first full-length feature movie came out, I was horrified to read that 'Mai Zetterling directs ... Read more »
Born: 05/24/1925 in Sweden

Filmography

Actor (11)

Hidden Agenda 1990 (Movie)

Moa (Actor)

The Witches 1990 (Movie)

Helga (Actor)

Only Two Can Play 1960 (Movie)

Elizabeth Gruffydd-Williams (Actor)

Jet Storm 1959 (Movie)

Carol Tilley (Actor)

Abandon Ship! 1957 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

The Truth About Women 1957 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

Prize of Gold 1955 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Knock on Wood 1954 (Movie)

Ilse Nordstrom (Actor)

The Bad Lord Byron 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hets 1943 (Movie)

(Actor)

Frieda (Movie)

Frieda Dawson (Actor)
Director (7)

Amarosa 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Love 1982 (Movie)

(("Love From the Marketplace" "The Black Cat in the Black Mouse Socks")) (Director)

Scrubbers 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Visions of Eight 1973 (Movie)

("The Strongest") (Director)

The Girls 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Doctor Glas 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Loving Couples 1963 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (7)

Amarosa 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Amarosa 1986 (Movie)

(From Story)

Love 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scrubbers 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Girls 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Doctor Glas 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Loving Couples 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Mai Zetterling came to feminism gradually. In her autobiography, "All Those Tomorrows," she notes, "When the reviews of my first full-length feature movie came out, I was horrified to read that 'Mai Zetterling directs like a man.' What did that mean?" As an actress she was considered no threat. But when she decided to become a film director, she was "not the same any more in the eyes of men." It took years to realize "the change I had made was positive and, in the end, the only way."

Relationships

Etienne Lemkow

Son

Louis Lemkow

Son

David Hughes

Husband
divorced

Tutte Lemkow

Husband
divorced father of her two sons

EDUCATION

Royal Dramatic Theater School

Milestones

1990

Final screen appearance in Nicholas Roeg's "The Witches"

1986

Final feature as director "Amarosa"

1982

Last British feature, "Scrubbers"

1966

Filmed own novel "Night Games"

1964

Feature film directing debut, "Alskande Par/Loving Couples" (also co-writer)

1963

Directed first short fiction film, "The War Game" (also producer, co-writer)

1947

Signed contract with Rank; British film acting debut in "Frieda"

1946

First leading film role in "Hets/Torment"; directed by Alf Sjoberg, written by Ingmar Bergman

1944

Performed with Royal Dramatic Theater, Stockholm

1940

Debut as stage and screen performer at aged 16 (date approximate)

Appeared often on English stage through 1950s

Spent some years of childhood in Australia, then settled in Stockholm

Directed four documentaries for BBC-TV: "The Polite Invasion," "Lords of Little Egypt," "The Prosperity Race," "Do-It-Yourself Democracy"

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