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Also Known As: Buntel Eriksson Died: February 25, 2012
Born: June 15, 1923 Cause of Death: Parkinson's Disease
Birth Place: Stockholm, Stockholms län [SE-01], SE Profession: screenwriter, actor, producer, playwright, director, poet, novelist

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The Swedish-born Erland Josephson is an internationally revered actor, expertly portraying ironic yet humane characters, who has worked with some of the world's finest filmmakersâ¿¿Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Theodoros Angelopoulos. His work with Bergman is his most well-known and ranges from the directorâ¿¿s earliest films ("It Rains on Our Love," "To Joy," "Brink of Life") to his last ("Saraband"). After working with Bergman on 1958's "The Magician," supporting film lead Max Von Sydow, Josephson returned to stage work full-time. When he returned to the screen 10 years later to again make magic with Bergman, their collaborations over the next couple of decades would produce a series of extraordinary explorations of psyches and relationships--"Hour of the Wolf," "The Passion of Anna," the Academy Award-winning "Cries and Whispers," "Scenes from a Marriage," "Fanny and Alexander," and the cathartic, thirty-years-later "Marriage" follow-up "Saraband" among many others. Josephsonâ¿¿s work with the great, austere Russian director Tarkovsky yielded two of the directorâ¿¿s most important later works, the poetic odyssey "Nostalghia" and the sublimely spiritual "The Sacrifice." In 1980, Josephson...

The Swedish-born Erland Josephson is an internationally revered actor, expertly portraying ironic yet humane characters, who has worked with some of the world's finest filmmakersâ¿¿Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Theodoros Angelopoulos. His work with Bergman is his most well-known and ranges from the directorâ¿¿s earliest films ("It Rains on Our Love," "To Joy," "Brink of Life") to his last ("Saraband"). After working with Bergman on 1958's "The Magician," supporting film lead Max Von Sydow, Josephson returned to stage work full-time. When he returned to the screen 10 years later to again make magic with Bergman, their collaborations over the next couple of decades would produce a series of extraordinary explorations of psyches and relationships--"Hour of the Wolf," "The Passion of Anna," the Academy Award-winning "Cries and Whispers," "Scenes from a Marriage," "Fanny and Alexander," and the cathartic, thirty-years-later "Marriage" follow-up "Saraband" among many others. Josephsonâ¿¿s work with the great, austere Russian director Tarkovsky yielded two of the directorâ¿¿s most important later works, the poetic odyssey "Nostalghia" and the sublimely spiritual "The Sacrifice." In 1980, Josephson wrote, produced, and directed "Marmalade Revolution," a showcase drama co-starring another Bergman player, Bibi Andersson.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Marmeladupproret (1980) Director
2.
  En och En (1978) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Day and Night (2007)
2.
 Perlasca (2005) Cast
3.
 Saraband (2004) Johan
4.
 Ljuset Haller Mig Sallskap (2002) Voice Over
5.
 Faithless (2000) Bergman
7.
 Magnetisoren's Femte Vinter (1999) Mr Hofverberg
8.
 Waiting For Sunset (1998) August Lind
9.
 In the Presence of a Clown (1998) Osvald Vogler
10.
 Vendetta (1995) Om
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1939:
Made stage debut and began a lifelong collaborative friendship with director Ingmar Bergman, then head of an amateur theater company
1945:
Worked with Bergman at the Heisingborg Municipal Theater
1946:
Feature acting debut in the Bergman directed "It Rains on Our Love/Det regnar pa var karlek"
1956:
Joined Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theater
1964:
Debut as screenwriter, co-writing with Bergman "All These Women/For att Inte Tala om Alla Dessa Kvinnor"
1966:
Replaced Bergman as head of Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theater
1968:
First feature role not directed by Bergman, Mai Zetterling's "The Girls/Flickorna"
1972:
Commercial breakthrough with Bergman, "Cries and Whispers/Viskningar och rop"; co-starred Liv Ullman
1973:
TV series debut, portrayed the husband Johan in Bergman's celebrated "Scenes From a Marriage"; later released in an edited feature length version
1977:
Began appearing in non-Swedish productions, starred in Liliana Cavani's "Beyond Good and Evil/Al di la del bene e del male"
1978:
Solo screenwriting debut and feature debut as producer and co-director (with Sven Nykvist and Ingrid Thulin), "One and One/En och En"; also acted
1986:
Hollywood acting debut, "Saving Grace"
1987:
U.S. TV-movie debut, "Control/Il giorno prima" (HBO)
1988:
Narrated the Swedish version of Michal Leszczylowski's documentary "Directed By Andrei Tarkovsky"
1988:
American stage debut, "The Cherry Orchard"; production presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
2000:
Portrayed a screenwriter and director named 'Bergman' in "Faithless," a screenplay by Ingmar Bergman; film directed by Liv Ullmann
2003:
Portrayed former German chancellor Franz von Papen in "The Good Pope: Pope John XXIII/Il papa buono"
2003:
Final film with Bergman, "Saraband" opposite Ullman
2006:
Final film appearance, "Wellkåmm to Verona"
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Education

Stockholm University: -

Notes

Jospehson is the author of eight novels, several plays, an anthology of poems, and scripts for stage, screen and radio

"Chekhov is very important in Sweden; there's some sort of affinity between the Russian and the Swedish soul. Chekhov is very concerned with the light in the same way that Bergman is so sensitive to the light in his films. The way Chekhov describes the light coming down on the cherry orchard, it seems to me to be a very Nordic light, which in the morning is very clear and beautiful." --Erland Josephson in The New York Times, 1988.

"I'm too impatient to wait for things to happen to me. If I should be out of work for two months I would go crazy. So as soon as I'm free I start writing. While it is necessary for me to write, I know that if I go too long without acting on the stage I don't feel well. Acting has a strong sensual quality that I get such a ... you say 'kick' in America? It's a fantastic profession in that way." --Josephson in The New York Times, 1988.

Bibliography close complete biography

"A Story About Mr Silberstein" Hydra Books/Northwestern University

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