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The Doll

A night watchman (Per Oscarsson) in Stockholm interrupts a burglary and finds a mannequin that he takes home; in his mind, it’s a beautiful and very much alive woman. Director Arne Mattsson knows how to use the shadows of black-and-white cinematography to chilling effect; that along with Oscarsson’s performance elevate this psychological look at loneliness and mental illness. The star must have studied Anthony Perkins in Psycho (1960); he looks like him and plays his character in a similar fashion. Behind the youthful faƧade lies insanity. Gio PetrĆ© is credible in the transition between doll and human.Ā 

1962-Sweden. 94 min. B/W. Produced byĀ Lorens Marmstedt. Directed byĀ Arne Mattsson. Screenplay: Lars Forssell. Music: Ulrik Neumann. Cast: Per Oscarsson (Lundgren), Gio PetrĆ© (The Doll), Tor Isedal (Fredriksson), Elsa Prawitz, Bengt Eklund, Marie-Louise Nordgren.

Trivia: Original title: Vaxdockan. Allegedly based on an idea by Gunnar Bjƶrnstrand.Ā 

 

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