Barabbas (1953 film)

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Barabbas poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Alf Sjöberg
Produced by Rune Waldekranz
Written by Pär Lagerkvist
Alf Sjöberg
Starring Ulf Palme
Cinematography Sven Nykvist
Göran Strindberg
Edited by Eric Nordemar
Distributed by Sandrews
Release date
  • 5 May 1953 (1953-05-05)
Running time
119 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

Barabbas is a 1953 Swedish drama film directed by Alf Sjöberg. It is based on the novel Barabbas by Pär Lagerkvist. It was entered into the 1953 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Being one of the biggest Swedish productions of its time, it is today unknown to the big masses, both internationally and in its native Sweden. In 1961 an American adaptation of the same novel was released, starring Anthony Quinn in the leading part.

Selected cast[edit]


After a year of preparations, the shooting started in the spring of 1952 in Israel and Rome, and then moved on for interior scenes in Sweden during the summer. As the assigned cinematographer Göran Strindberg became ill early during the production, the still up-and-coming Sven Nykvist, later star cinematographer for Ingmar Bergman, had to replace him for the exterior shots. Additional filming occurred during the autumn and even into December.[2]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Barabbas". Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  2. ^ Summary at[permanent dead link] (in Swedish) Swedish Film Institute

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