You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Swedish helmer Sjoman dies

Provocative pics challenged the status quo in the 1960s

Swedish director and author Vilgot Sjoman, whose provocative pics challenged the status quo in the 1960s, died in Stockholm April 9. He was 81.

Following his critically acclaimed feature debut “The Mistress” in 1962, Sjoman helmed a TV portrait of Ingmar Bergman, who he had known since the 40s. In 1964, his violent and sexually explicit feature on Christian ethics, “491,” prompted a heated debate on censorship in Sweden. The pic was at first banned but was later released after the government softened its stance.

In “I Am Curious (Yellow)” and “I Am Curious (Blue),” made in 1967 and 1968, Sjoman and thesp Lena Nyman challenged the Swedish class system with a shameless mix of politics and sexuality. The provocative semi-documentary pics became local box office hits as well as successes abroad.

Sjoman wrote a few dozen books and helmed some 25 films. He made his last feature, “Alfred Nobel,” in 1995.

In 2002, Sjoman was awarded the Ingmar Bergman Prize in recognition of his battle to have his pics run on TV without commercial breaks. He died, following a cerebral hemorrhage, only days before the court’s decision in this matter is expected.

More Film

  • Channing Tatum on Taking Time Off,

    Channing Tatum Says He's Ready To Get Back to Work After Quiet Year

    Swedish director and author Vilgot Sjoman, whose provocative pics challenged the status quo in the 1960s, died in Stockholm April 9. He was 81. Following his critically acclaimed feature debut “The Mistress” in 1962, Sjoman helmed a TV portrait of Ingmar Bergman, who he had known since the 40s. In 1964, his violent and sexually […]

  • Poland's Gdynia Film Festival Signs Gender

    Poland's Gdynia Film Festival Signs Gender Pledge

    Swedish director and author Vilgot Sjoman, whose provocative pics challenged the status quo in the 1960s, died in Stockholm April 9. He was 81. Following his critically acclaimed feature debut “The Mistress” in 1962, Sjoman helmed a TV portrait of Ingmar Bergman, who he had known since the 40s. In 1964, his violent and sexually […]

  • Zendaya Wants To Do a 'Little

    Zendaya Wants To Do A 'Little Mermaid' Live Action: 'Why Wouldn't I?'

    Swedish director and author Vilgot Sjoman, whose provocative pics challenged the status quo in the 1960s, died in Stockholm April 9. He was 81. Following his critically acclaimed feature debut “The Mistress” in 1962, Sjoman helmed a TV portrait of Ingmar Bergman, who he had known since the 40s. In 1964, his violent and sexually […]

  • San Sebastian: ‘Midnight Runner’ World Premieres

    ‘Midnight Runner’ Takes Off at San Sebastian New Directors Premiere

    Swedish director and author Vilgot Sjoman, whose provocative pics challenged the status quo in the 1960s, died in Stockholm April 9. He was 81. Following his critically acclaimed feature debut “The Mistress” in 1962, Sjoman helmed a TV portrait of Ingmar Bergman, who he had known since the 40s. In 1964, his violent and sexually […]

  • San Sebastian/Toronto: Simon Jaquemet on ‘The

    San Sebastian/Toronto: Simon Jaquemet on ‘The Innocent,’ Frail Faith, Certainty

    Swedish director and author Vilgot Sjoman, whose provocative pics challenged the status quo in the 1960s, died in Stockholm April 9. He was 81. Following his critically acclaimed feature debut “The Mistress” in 1962, Sjoman helmed a TV portrait of Ingmar Bergman, who he had known since the 40s. In 1964, his violent and sexually […]

  • village rockstars TIFF

    India Rolls With 'Village Rockstars' as Oscar Contender

    Swedish director and author Vilgot Sjoman, whose provocative pics challenged the status quo in the 1960s, died in Stockholm April 9. He was 81. Following his critically acclaimed feature debut “The Mistress” in 1962, Sjoman helmed a TV portrait of Ingmar Bergman, who he had known since the 40s. In 1964, his violent and sexually […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content