Thursday 31 March 2016

Happy birthday Roy Andersson

Happy birthday Roy Andersson  (born 31 March 1943), the acclaimed Swedish film director, best known for A Swedish Love Story (1970) and his 'Living trilogy' - Songs from the Second Floor (2000); You, the living (2007) and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014). Look out for them all.

Over the past six decades he has made only six feature-length films in all, but more than 400 very distinctive television commercials which share with the films a satisfyingly bleak, slapstick quality. You can savour some examples here, here, here and here. They suggest a culture at ease with the manifold inadequacies of late capitalism, and most of them are very funny.

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