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Carl-Gustav Nykvist

Ljuset håller mig sällskap (Light Keeps Me Company)

78' - 2000 - Documentary - Dialogue: English, Swedish
Director: Carl-Gustav Nykvist With: Sven Nykvist, Erland Josephson, Susan Sarandon
This moving, finely-wrought portrayal of legendary cinematographer Sven Nykvist was directed by his son Carl-Gustav – a noted filmmaker himself. Spanning from long forgotten kiddie flick in 1945 to Woody Allen's ‘Celebrity’ (1997), Nykvist's career came to an abrupt end when he was diagnosed with a rare disorder that affected his speech. Though the film explores Nykvist's upbringing and turbulent private life (an ugly divorce, the suicide of one of his sons, an affair with Mia Farrow), the emotional heart of the film is his celebrated collaboration with film auteur Ingmar Bergman, with whom Nykvist made some of his most enduring work, including ‘Winter Light’ (1962) and ‘Scenes from a Marriage’ (1973). As Bergman recalls his own career, he notes, ‘I don't miss making films, but I miss the collaboration with Sven’. (Jonathan Crow)

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Carl-Gustav Nykvist


Sven Nykvist, Erland Josephson, Susan Sarandon


Carl-Gustav Nykvist, Michal Leszczylowski, Gudrun Nykvist

Director of Photography

Sven Nykvist, Carl-Gustav Nykvist, Dan Myrhman, Vilmos Zsigmond, Kidd Johnson, László Kovács, Gustaf Mandal, Billy Williams, Torbjörn Andersson, Michael Green, Björn Henriksson, Lennart Adell, Arne Carlsson


Lasse Summanen


Carl-Gustav Nykvist, Gudrun Nykvist

More information


English, Swedish

Countries of production

Denmark, Sweden



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