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Looking for the 1990 Swedish Television film of Ture Rangström's Opera "Kronbruden" (The Crown Bride)


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Initial post: 29 Jan 2011, 11:03:25 GMT
I am looking for a DVD or VHS or Beta of the 1990 Swedish Television film of Ture Rangström's Opera "Kronbruden" (The Crown Bride) based on a play by August Strindberg. Directed by Inger Åby, with Eva Österberg, Edith Thallaug, Mikael Samuelson, Margareta Hallin.

I have found a number of references to the film on the Internet but I can't find anyone that sells a commercial copy.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2011, 13:49:48 GMT
Edgar Self says:
Amazon-US lists it, but with notation "Out of Print - Limited Availability". You may be able to place an order with them, to be notified if and when it becomes available. Amazon-CA )(Canada) and Amazon-De (Germany) list only the book and an MP3 song. But this suggests that other film sites or DVD retailers may have copies for sale. You may already have done all this, but a Google search for DVDs, Swedish movies and the like might turn up something. What we need is a good friend in Sweden!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2011, 04:59:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jan 2011, 05:02:25 GMT
Dear Edgar,

Thank you for your input.

I'm in Australia and one of our national television broadcasters (SBS Television) aired this opera about 5 or more years ago and I only caught the last half of it on my VCR. That's how long I've been searching. I originally contacted SBS to find out if they intended to repeat it at a future date only to be told that they only had a license to show it 2 times and had already broadcasted it twice.

Back in 2006 there use to be a website in the U.S. called House of Opera that had it in their catalogue, I placed an order but it was never filled. I think they went out of business (or were closed down; because all their products were DVD-Rs). They had extremely rare video performances that they probably ran off on an as-required basis.

Naxos had this opera in their CD catalogue a number of years ago but you think I can find a copy. It just seems to have disappeared.

I've tried searching for the English and Swedish title; the director's name; the composers name etc. without success. I even found references to it on the Swedish Film Institute website; but no DVD.

There are Torrent Download Sites that have "Kronbruden TV (1990)" listed but you never know if these are legitimate or just a front for Porn Sellers. I'm reluctant to pay money for downloading something where you can't be sure of what you're getting.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2011, 14:24:47 GMT
Edgar Self says:
Harry -- If Australian TV aired it as recently as that, someone in Australia must have taped it. There are half a dozen Australian contributors to this forum and in Amazon.Music's classical music group in the US ... Kim Beazley, Ryan Karnaghan, Robert Stuart, who all live around Sydney, and others. If you can somehow get their attention, they could help. I suggest repeating your opening post here in a new thread on Amazon.Music for the US classical music community discussion group. They must also have film and TV forums. We once had a Swedish correspondent, but he's not been active lately and I don't recall his name. I know no-one in Sweden, but am in touch with Thomas Ertresvag, another Amazon-US contributor, who is a resourceful collector and great reader who lives near Oslo in Norway. I'll bet he has Swedish contacts.

Strindberg is strong medicine. Others know "Miss Julie", which I've never read or seen, but many years ago in a small store-front theatre in San Francisco I happened to walkl in on a performance of "The Road to Damascus" with a character named Hiroshima, and an already great actor named Paul Schumann. I've never forgotten it. For music they used a bourree from one of Bach's partitas for solo violin.

Good luck, Harry, A determined, persistent search such as yours must at last succeed, but only when and how?

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2011, 03:59:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Feb 2011, 03:46:51 GMT
For all those that are not familiar with Strindberg I offer the following;

The Bridal Crown (1902) / Kronbruden. A play by; (Johan) August Strindberg (1849-1912).

Strindberg believed that an individual can voluntarily atone for the sins of others by realizing that punishment is a sign of God's grace.
In The Bridal Crown he dramatizes the redemptive power of a vicarious sufferer, through the destiny of young Kersti, who kills her baby from a premarital affair with a high born gentleman in order to be able to wear the Bridal Crown at her wedding to the gentleman. At the wedding, she finally confesses and, moral agony through materialized visions of specters and mythical figures from the stark world of folk legend driver her to suicide. While walking from prison to church, she falls through the ice and dies. Kersti's fate and atonement brings about a reconciliation of two feuding farming families.

Inger Åby's film adaptation of Ture Rangström's Opera is excellent. I came across it purely by accident, hence the reason why I only have half of it on tape. I was so impressed with the film and production that I have spent 5 years searching for the complete opera.

3rd Feb 2010

I found the following at the Stockholm Film Festival website, from the 1990 festival;

"Strindberg's The Crown Bride (1902) is a Swedish Romeo and Juliet tale of the hatred between two dynasties and the love of two young people who are the tragic victims of the feud. Inger Åby has abridged Ture Rangström's opera, concentrating the drama more than ever on the love of Mats and Kersti. A music drama for today's film and televison audiences, intent on using the language of film at all levels."

"Horror beautified becomes sorrow and, as such, comprehensible. And Inger Åby's production of August Strindberg's and Ture Rangström's opera The Crownbride has moments of agonising beauty. This is a sombre tala of love and menaces, of man's proclivity for losing his bearings in life and within himself - right to the inevitable end. This is an opera, but at the same time something different: the embodiment of a drama in which music and film join in communicating a third something - something very strange and yet very familiar. And there is no getting away from it: the beholder can be profoundly moved by this inexpressibly beautiful, this very Swedish quality. Or, as Strindberg himself put it: Music at times is morally superior to poetry''. This being so, he would have had much to say about these pictures."

I find it hard to understand why this film was never released on video. But I'm still searching.

Posted on 24 Mar 2012, 19:14:13 GMT
Aired on Swedish National television just now (SVT2)

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2012, 23:16:22 GMT
Edgar Self says:
Harry Korbi -- I hope by now you have found the film, or with the help of Johan Hansson's information in the post next under, can do so. Strindberg had a difficult psychology, and no doubt much to atone for himself. I saw an unforgettable production in San Francisco of his "Road to Damascus", with a great actor named Paul Schumann, made up and attired to resemble Strindberg. There is a character in it named Hiroshima! And a line I remember: "There is enough unhappiness for all." Best luck and regards.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2012, 03:59:34 BST
Dear Johan, Edgar,

Thank you for your Posts.

I contacted SVT Sales in February 2011 and their reply was; "I am sorry but we can't sell this programme due to the rights". This was not very helpful because they didn't elaborate as to who owned the rights and why it couldn't be sold.

I assumed that because the Production Company was Sveriges Television AB Kanal 1, Stockholm, that SVT would own the rights.

It is strange, if you owned an asset capable of making money for you, why wouldn't you make it available commercially?

I haven't given up hope of obtaining this film, so I am still searching.

Posted on 26 Mar 2012, 01:10:45 BST
To anyone interested, you can view it on-line via SVT Play until the 23rd of April. It's a beautiful film, beautifully sung with sublime music.

The link is;

http://svtplay.se/v/2753075/veckans_forestallning/strindberg_100_ar__kronbruden?sb,p128512,1,f,-1

You may have to update your Adobe Flash Player to view it.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2012, 08:10:39 BST
Am I correct in assuming that you recorded this treat? Or that you have seen anyone sharing it at piratebay or demonoid?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2012, 10:26:22 BST
Last edited by the author on 26 Mar 2012, 10:41:04 BST
Jan-erik,

Yes to your first question. It is possible to record using Screen Capture Software.

I had success with Movavi Screen Capture Studio. I could not achieve full screen with good definition but I am satisfied with the result (it is better than VHS). The result was worth the price of the software.

If the film were released commercially on DVD or Blu-ray I would buy it. Perhaps one day the owners will realise that this masterpiece should not be hidden from the world.

Here is a translation of the Synopsis;

A musical film of August Strindberg's drama, with music by Ture Rangström. The Crown Bride is a Swedish Romeo and Juliet, a Tale of two feuding families, the love between two young people who struggle as tragic victims. The poor soldier's daughter Kersti and the rich miller's son Mats fall in love. The hatred between their families means that they must keep their love hidden. In deepest secrecy Kersti bears their child. Thus, she has lost the opportunity to marry as "Crown Bride"; The Crown is honoured in the church as a sacred symbol of innocence. Kersti make a difficult choice: sacrifice her child for The Crown and Love and thus seals her fate.

Director: Inger Aby
Cinematography: Gunnar Kallstrom
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Radio Choir
Conductor & Music arrangements: Kari Tikka
Production Design: Gert Wibe
Costume Designer: Ann-Mari Anttila
Editing: Roger Sellberg
Choreography: Ivo Cramér
Screenplay: Gunilla Jensen and Inger Aby

Starring :
Kersti - Eva Osterberg
Mats - Stephen Smith
Brita - Anne-Marie Muhle
Kersti's mother - Edith Thallaug
Forskarlen - Mikael Samuelson
Midwife - Margareta Hallin
Sheriff - Eric Saedén
Mats' grandfather - Per Stokholm
Mats' mother - Dorrit Kleimert
Kersti's father - David Stålhammar
Kersti's grandfather - Gunnar Lundberg
Pastor - Bjorn Asker

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2015, 02:04:11 BST
premiere opera has a copy for about 3 $ RICHARD PRENTICE

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2015, 02:05:28 BST
premiere opera has a copy for about $3 richard prentice

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2015, 04:46:29 BST
Thank you for your post Richard, however, I believe this is not the 1990 Swedish Television film directed by Inger Åby.
There are no details given on Premier Opera's site as to the content of their DVD. There are no reviews, only a 3 star rating.

House of Opera is offering a soundtrack recording of the film that was taken from a VHS recording.
"CD92146 Ture Rangström: KRONBRUDEN - soundtrack opera film Swedish".

Swedish Television had for a limited time in 2012, the film in its entirety on their web-site (the equivalent of the ABC's iview) and I was able to record it on my PC using screen capture software with quite good results.

On another subject, I looked at your review of The Thieving Magpie DVD. What is the quality like? What is the DVD's format; NTSC or PAL?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2015, 23:32:22 BST
hi harry I have the premiere and find it good it has English subs put on by aust tele . I have almost 1000 dvds from premiere and tho some have tech faults the cat is mind blowing, house of opera has a good cat but some are concerts and some are b awful tech..ps I believe it is the aby film. I note you have a Swedish pc are you Swedish?regards Richard prentice

Posted on 17 Oct 2015, 23:36:52 BST
hi harry I have the premiere it is the aby film and good. I note you have a Swedish pc are you Swedish? I have almost 1000 premiere dvds some have tech faults but the cat is mind blowing, house of opera has some interesting items but not always as described. by the way the aby has English subs thanks to aust tele regards Richard prentice

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2015, 11:44:54 BST
I was born in Germany, my parents are German/Austrian and Australia has been my home since 1956.

I was able to access the film on SVT's website with no restrictions unlike similar Television stations around the world that only allow locals to view their programs. I purchased an English translation of Strindberg's Play and added my own subtitles. Inger Åby and Gunilla Jensen's script, although abridged was very faithful to the play. It took me months to complete using SubTitle Workshop, the result was worth it.

I consider the summary from the Stockholm Film Festival website to be a very good description of the film;

"Strindberg's The Crown Bride (1902) is a Swedish Romeo and Juliet tale of the hatred between two dynasties and the love of two young people who are the tragic victims of the feud. Inger Åby has abridged Ture Rangström's opera, concentrating the drama more than ever on the love of Mats and Kersti. A music drama for today's film and television audiences, intent on using the language of film at all levels. Comment: Horror beautified becomes sorrow and, as such, comprehensible. And Inger Åby's production of August Strindberg's and Ture Rangström's opera The Crownbride has moments of agonising beauty. This is a sombre tale of love and menaces, of man's proclivity for losing his bearings in life and within himself - right to the inevitable end. This is an opera, but at the same time something different: the embodiment of a drama in which music and film join in communicating a third something - something very strange and yet very familiar. And there is no getting away from it: the beholder can be profoundly moved by this inexpressibly beautiful, this very Swedish quality. Or, as Strindberg himself put it: Music at times is morally superior to poetry''. This being so, he would have had much to say about these pictures."

I'm perplexed as to why this beautiful film of Ture Rangström's opera has had no commercial release; it deserves to be seen by a wider audience.

On your recommendation I will purchase the DVD and explore Premier Opera's site. I'm like you a fan of Opera that hasn't been corrupted or fiddled with by egocentric Directors.

Thank you for your input.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2015, 22:47:10 BST
h I harry thanks for your email. as an opera lover with little chance of correspondence with similar I would like to correspond with you but it it would be easier by ordinary email mine is Richard.prentice@bigpond.com.premiere have just announced a price increase to 3.99 cheapest but still a bargain. regards Richard prentice

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Oct 2015, 04:57:50 BST
hi harry not sure if you received my post giving you my email so I repeat it richard.prentice@bigpond.com. I fotgot to tell you that premiere plays in Australia also the only gazza to have is arthaus with cotrubas regards Richard prentice
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