Ewa Aulin in Col cuore in gola (1966)
13 February 1950 |
|Years active||1965 - 1973|
Ewa Brigitta Aulin (born 13 February 1950 in Landskrona, Skåne County) is a Swedish actress who appeared in a number of Italian and some American films in the 1960s and 1970s. She is remembered for playing the title character in the cult film Candy where she appeared alongside such stars as John Huston, Ringo Starr, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, Richard Burton and Marlon Brando.
Ewa Aulin first rose to fame in her native Sweden when she won the title of Miss Teen Sweden in 1965 at age 15. In the same year Ewa had been approached by Gunnar Fischer to appear as the young girl in his short film, Djävulen's Instrument (The Devil's Instrument). Subsequently, she went on to represent Sweden in the first ever Miss Teen International pageant, which was held on April 6, 1966 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Ewa won; thereby earning the title of Miss Teen International 1966.
Ewa's success as Miss Teen International attracted attention not only in Sweden, where she appeared on the popular entertainment show, Hylands Hörna, but also of Italian film producers, and in 1967 aged just 16, she made her feature film debut with a supporting role in the comedy Don Giovanni in Sicilia (Don Juan in Sicily), based on the novel by Vitaliano Brancati. This was quickly followed by leading roles in two notable giallo films; the pop art-style Col cuore in gola (With Heart in Mouth, 1967) directed by Tinto Brass, and the bizarre avant-garde-inspired La morte ha fatto l'uovo (Death Laid an Egg, 1968) directed by Giulio Questi. Ewa's co-star in both these films was the acclaimed actor Jean-Louis Trintignant.
In late 1967, Ewa was cast as the title character in her most famous film, the American-Italian-French co-production Candy, directed by Christian Marquand. Ewa only learnt that she had the role the day before filming began in early December 1967. The story involves Ewa's character's search for the meaning of life, which leads to encounters with a variety of different men and always ends in a sexual situation. In spite of the presence of such big names as Marlon Brando, Ringo Starr, and Richard Burton, the film did poorly in America and failed to make an international star out of Ewa. It was more successful in Europe and has gained some popularity as a cult film in later years. Ewa, in particular received praise for performance in the film; earning a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer but she lost to Olivia Hussey for Romeo and Juliet. As a consequence of her appearance in this role, Ewa was unfairly typified as something of a 'Blonde Nymphet' by people in the film industry, who seriously failed to see through the façade of her young, beautiful and elegant image and appreciate her desire to be accepted as a professional actress. This ridiculous stereotype would be something that would overshadow the rest of her career and cause her to only appear in predominantly Italian films as of 1970.
The only other American film Ewa appeared in was Start the Revolution Without Me (1970), a comedy of errors set during the French Revolution. Ewa played a supporting role as Christina of Belgium, and the film starred Gene Wilder and Donald Sutherland, but just like Candy, the film did little business in America.
Later in the same year Ewa starred in the experimental film Microscopic Liquid Subway to Oblivion, which was written, produced and directed by Ewa's husband, British writer-director John Shadow, whom she had married secretly in Mexico in early 1968 and who was the father of her son, Shawn, born in 1969. The film itself was barely released anywhere in the world, and Ewa and John Shadow later divorced in 1972.
After this, Ewa only appeared in Italian films. Many of her films were sex comedies set in the Middle Ages but she also managed to make more impact in drama and thriller films. She played one of the leads in the giallo La controfigura (The Double, 1971) directed by Romolo Guerrieri, as well as leading role in Quando l'amore è sensualità (When Love is Lust, 1973) and played an undead avenging angel in Joe D'Amato's gothic horror film La morte ha sorriso all'assassino (Death Smiles at Murder, 1973) and also appeared in the thriller Una vita lunga un giorno (Long Lasting Days, 1973) all in the same year.
However, feeling unfulfilled with acting, Ewa remarried a builder named Cesare Paladino in 1974 and abandoned her acting career to enrol at university and fulfil her childhood ambition of becoming a teacher.
Selected filmography 
- With Heart in Mouth (1967, director: Tinto Brass)
- Candy (1968, director: Christian Marquand)
- La morte ha fatto l'uovo (1968, director: Giulio Questi)
- Start the Revolution Without Me (1970, director: Bud Yorkin)
- Microscopic Liquid Subway to Oblivion (1970, director: John Shadow)
- The Double (1971, director: Romolo Guerrieri)
- When Love is Lust (1973, director: Vittorio De Sisti)
- Death Smiles at a Murderer (1973, director: Joe D'Amato)
- Ewa Aulin at the Internet Movie Database
- Ewa Aulin at the Swedish Film Database
- Ewa Aulin winning Miss Teen International