Crimes of Passion (TV series)

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Crimes of Passion
CrimesofPassionCover.jpg
International promotional poster
Genre Crime
Based on Six novels
by Maria Lang
Directed by Birger Larsen
Christian Eklöw & Christopher Panov
Peter Schildt
Daniel Di Grado
Molly Hartleb
Starring Tuva Novotny
Linus Wahlgren
Ola Rapace
Theme music composer Karl & Pär Frid
Country of origin Sweden
Original language(s) Swedish
No. of episodes 6
Production
Producer(s) Reneé Axö
Cinematography Mats Axby
Andres Rignell
Rolf Lindström
Jan Jonaeus
Andréas Lennartsson
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) Pampas Produktion AB
Distributor AB Svensk Filmindustri
Release
Original network Cinema & DVD
Original release 8 March (2013-03-08) – 20 November 2013 (2013-11-20)
External links
Website www.sfinternational.se/Details.aspx?id=74a3f5e7-a476-e211-9b51-b8ac6f114281

Crimes of Passion is the English collective name for a series of six feature length crime films from 2013, based on six of the early novels by the prolific Swedish crime novelist Maria Lang (real name Dagmar Lange), written in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The films were co-produced by Svensk Filmindustri and Swedish commercial broadcaster TV4.

The first film was released in Swedish cinemas on 8 March 2013, receiving indifferent or poor reviews by most Swedish critics.[1] The remaining five were released on DVD in Sweden during the autumn of 2013, and they were all made available on the TV4's subscription video on demand service TV4 Play Premium in June 2014.[2] In October and November 2014, the six films were shown on TV4's DTTV service.

On 11 December 2013, BBC Four announced it had bought the British broadcasting rights to Crimes of Passion,[3] with the series premiering on BBC Four on 30 August 2014.[4] The films have been described as Mad Men meeting The Killing.[5]

Plot[edit]

Set mainly in Bergslagen in the 1950s, the films follow Puck Ekstedt (Tuva Novotny), her boyfriend (and later husband) Einar Bure (Linus Wahlgren), nicknamed "Eje", and their friend, police superintendent Christer Wijk (Ola Rapace), as they solve various crimes.[3]

Main cast[edit]

  • Tuva Novotny as Puck Ekstedt, a literature student dating and later married to Einar.
  • Linus Wahlgren as Einar Bure, called Eje, Puck's boyfriend and later husband, and Christer's best friend.
  • Ola Rapace as Christer Wijk, a police superintendent living in Stockholm.
Main cast of Crimes of Passion: Ola Rapace, Tuva Novotny and Linus Wahlgren

Music[edit]

The title sequence theme music to the series was written and produced by artists Frid & Frid (aka brothers Karl Frid & Pär Frid), and was sung by Isabella Lundgren. Frid & Frid also contributed most of the other incidental music throughout the six film episodes.[6][7]

Production[edit]

The series was made by Pampas Produktion AB for Swedish television network TV4.[3] Crimes of Passion is produced by Reneé Axö and the films are directed by Birger Larsen, Christian Eklöw, Christopher Panov, Molly Hartleb and Peter Schildt.[3]

Episode list[edit]

# Title Director(s) Screenplay First released
1 "Death of a Loved One"
Swedish title: "Mördaren ljuger inte ensam", literal translation: "The Killer Does Not Lie Alone"
Birger Larsen Charlotte Orwin
Jonna Bolin-Cullberg
8 March 2013 (2013-03-08) (cinema)
Other actors in this film: Gustaf Hammarsten, Suzanna Dilber, Peter Viitanen, Andreas Utterhall, Ida Engvoll, Fanny Risberg and Sanna Krepper
2 "King Lily of the Valley"
Swedish title: "Kung Liljekonvalje av dungen"
Christian Eklöw
Christopher Panov
Charlotte Orwin
Jonna Bolin-Cullberg
7 August 2013 (2013-08-07) (DVD)
Other actors in this film: Maya Hansson-Bergqvist, Ulric von der Esch, Ida Marianne Vassbotn Klasson, Bengt Järnblad, Irma von Platen, Maria Sid, Lena B. Eriksson, Inga Landgré, Eva Millberg, Alexander Stocks, Victor von Schirach and Fredrik Dolk
3 "No More Murders"
Swedish title: "Inte flera mord"
Peter Schildt Charlotte Orwin
Jonna Bolin-Cullberg
4 September 2013 (2013-09-04) (DVD)
Other actors in this film: Julia Sporre, Anna Wallander, Martin Eliasson, Alexandra Zetterberg, Lottie Ejebrant, Thomas Oredsson, Ylva Ekblad, Fredrik Dolk, Sara Jangfeldt, Annika Hallin, Maria Kulle and Stina Ekblad
4 "Roses, Kisses and Death"
Swedish title: "Rosor, kyssar och döden"
Daniel Di Grado Alexander Onofri
Kerstin Gezelius
9 October 2013 (2013-10-09) (DVD)
Other actors in this film: Andreas La Chenardière, Steve Kratz, Anita Wall, Måns Westfelt, Lisa Henni, Alida Morberg, Karin Bergquist, Anders Ekborg, Filip Berg, Andreas Nilsson, Happy Jankell and Philip Hughes
5 "Dangerous Dreams"
Swedish title: "Farliga drömmar"
Molly Hartleb Charlotte Orwin
Jonna Bolin-Cullberg
6 November 2013 (2013-11-06) (DVD)
Other actors in this film: Björn Andersson, Claes Ljungmark, Elisabet Sverlander, Siw Erixon, Hanna Alström, Peter Carlberg, Maria Langhammer, Joel Spira, Simon J. Berger and Vera Vitali
6 "Tragedy in a Country Churchyard"
Swedish title: "Tragedi på en lantkyrkogård"
Christian Eklöw
Christopher Panov
Alex Haridi 20 November 2013 (2013-11-20) (DVD)
Other actors in this film: Katia Winter, Reuben Sallmander, Emil Almén, Liv Mjönes, Susanne Thorson, Sofia Bach, Johan H:son Kjellgren, Ella Fogelström, Anastasios Soulis, Natalie Minnevik, Sissela Kyle and Jacob Ericksson

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mördaren ljuger inte ensam" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 19 October 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "TV4 Play: Maria Lang" (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "BBC Four announces three brand-new drama acquisitions". BBC. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "BBC Four - Crimes of Passion - episode guide". BBC Four. BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  5. ^ White, Peter (22 November 2013). "BBC4 acquires Scandinavian Mad Men-esque drama". Broadcast Now. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Frid & Frid Music Studio". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Isabella Lundgren". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 

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