Sven Nykvist


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Birth Name: Sven Nykvist
Born: 12/03/1922
Birth Place: Sweden
Died: 09/20/2006

Nykvist shared credit for the cinematography of Bergman's "Gycklarnas Afton/Sawdust and Tinsel" (1953) with his former teacher, Hilding Bladf, who assigned him the difficult interior shots as a final test of his skill. Six years later when the director's regular cinematographer Gunnar Fischer went to Northern Sweden to work on a Walt Disney production, Bergman chose Nykvist to light and shoot "The Virgin Spring" (1960), a stark medieval allegory for which he made virtuoso use of the luminous Nordic light at dawn and dusk. The first of Bergman's films to receive the Oscar as Best Foreign Film, it established Nykvist on the international scene, and the two subsequently cemented their partnersh... Continue Bio >>


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