Millennium (miniseries)

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This article is about the Swedish TV miniseries. For the American TV series, see Millennium (TV series).
Millennium
Also known as Millenniumtriologin
Genre Thriller
Written by Rasmus Heisterberg (Part 1–2)
Nicolaj Arcel(Part 1–2)
Jonas Frykberg(Part 3–4)
Ulf Rydberg (Part 5–6)
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev (Part 1–2)
Daniel Alfredson(Part 3–6)
Starring Michael Nyqvist
Noomi Rapace
Lena Endre
Michalis Koutsogiannakis
Jacob Ericksson
Country of origin Sweden
Original language(s) Swedish
No. of episodes 6
Production
Running time 6 x 90 min
Production company(s) Yellow Bird
SVT
Nordisk Film
Film i Väst
Release
Original network SVT1
Original release 20 March – 24 April 2010
Website

Millennium is a Swedish six-part television miniseries based on the film adaptations of Stieg Larsson's series of the same name, that was broadcast on SVT1 from 20 March 2010 to 24 April 2010. The series was produced by Yellow Bird in cooperation with several production companies, including SVT, Nordisk Film, Film i Väst and ZDF Enterprises. The miniseries was released later in DVD and Blu-ray in the US under the name Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition.

Millennium was well received and won the award for at Kristallen 2010 and an Emmy Award for "Best TV Movie" in 2011.

Production[edit]

The Millennium TV miniseries is a compilation of the three Swedish film adaptations, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest with extended scenes, adding more depth in both the stories and the characters. The series was produced by Yellow Bird in cooperation with several production companies, including SVT, Nordisk Film, Film i Väst and ZDF Enterprises. At Kristallen 2010. The miniseries was divided into 6 episodes total, with each episode of the series is about 90 minutes long,[1] making the television series about 110 minutes longer than the movies. The miniseries was broadcast on SVT1 from 20 March 2010 to 24 April 2010.[2] The series was released on a DVD and Blu-ray boxset titled Millennium Trilogy on 11 November 2011.[3] Music Box Home Entertainment released the English version in US on 6 December 2011 under the name Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition.[4]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Niels Arden Oplev Rasmus Heisterberg and Nicolaj Arcel 20 March 2010
2 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Niels Arden Oplev Rasmus Heisterberg and Nicolaj Arcel 27 March 2010
3 The Girl Who Played with Fire Daniel Alfredson Jonas Frykberg 3 April 2010
4 The Girl Who Played with Fire Daniel Alfredson Jonas Frykberg 10 April 2010
5 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest Daniel Alfredson Ulf Rydberg 17 April 2010
6 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest Daniel Alfredson Ulf Rydberg 24 April 2010

Cast[edit]

This is a list of characters who appeared in the series.

Character Episodes
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6
Mikael Blomkvist Michael Nyqvist
Lisbeth Salander Noomi Rapace
Erika Berger Lena Endre
Dragan Armanskij Michalis Koutsogiannakis Michalis Koutsogiannakis Michalis Koutsogiannakis
Christer Malm Jacob Ericksson Jacob Ericksson
"Plague" Tomas Köhler Tomas Köhler Tomas Köhler
Malin Eriksson Sofia Ledarp
Annika Giannini Annika Hallin Annika Hallin Annika Hallin
Alexander Zalachenko Georgi Staykov
Miriam Wu Yasmine Garbi Yasmine Garbi
Ronald Niedermann Mikael Spreitz
Nils Bjurman Peter Andersson
Holger Palmgren Per Oscarsson Per Oscarsson Per Oscarsson
Henrik Vanger Sven-Bertil Taube
Cecilia Vanger Marika Lagercrantz
Martin Vanger Peter Haber
Dirch Frode Ingvar Hirdwall
Janne Dahlman David Dencik
Gustaf Morell Björn Granath
Harriet Vanger Ewa Fröling
Brännlund Fredrik Ohlsson
Harald Vanger Gösta Bredefeldt
Isabella Vanger Gunnel Lindblom
Birger Vanger Willie Andréason
Otto Falk Christian Fiedler
Birgit Falk Margareta Stone
Enrico Reuben Sallmander Reuben Sallmander
Paolo Roberto Paolo Roberto
Jan Bublanski Johan Kylén
Gunnar Björk Ralph Carlsson
Sonja Modig Tanja Lorentzon
Rikard Ekström Niklas Hjulström
Hans Faste Magnus Krepper
Niklas Eriksson Daniel Gustavsson
Jerker Holmberg Donald Högberg
Dr. Peter Teleborian Anders Ahlbom Rosendahl Anders Ahlbom Rosendahl
Evert Gullberg Hans Alfredson
Fredrik Clinton Lennart Hjulström
Torsten Edklinth Niklas Falk
Monica Figuerola Mirja Turestedt
Hallberg Jan Holmquist
Georg Nyström Rolf Degerlund
Birger Wadensjöö Jacob Nordenson
Dr. Anders Jonasson Aksel Morisse
Jonas Sandström Johan Holmberg
Judge Ylva Lööf
Sonny Nieminen Pelle Blomander
Hans-Åke Waltari Nicklas Gustavsson
Watchman Jim Wiberg

Reception[edit]

Millennium won the award for "Årets TV-drama" ("TV Drama of the Year") at Kristallen 2010[5] The series also won the award for "Best TV Movie" at the 39th International Emmy Awards[6] Judge Paul Pritchard of DVD Verdict praised the choice for reconfiguring the three films into an extended miniseries stating, "This change of format not only doesn't harm the material, it actually enhances it. Given the extra room to breathe, the films are both richer and a much more palatable proposition. Whether by chance or design, each of the films also has a natural break-off point, where each episode can draw to a close; this allows the viewer to take in each story in easily digestible chunks whilst ensuring they are left desperate to find out what happens next. It's also important to stress that the story still maintains its cinematic feel."[7] Thomas Spurlin of DVD talk gave similar praise stating, "The Swedish film trilogy captures the character examination portion of the equation quite well; combining Noomi Rapace with generally well-adapted text (aside from a few character divergences and rewrites) renders a compelling cinematic exploration of the character, one similar in tone and impact to that in Larsson's text. The films aren't perfect in terms of their effectiveness as procedural thrillers or dramatic powerhouses, but the elements that they do get right elevate the content to something noteworthy."[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ In PAL video, i.e. 25 fps. The HD version on Blu-ray is about 93 minutes per episode (24 fps).
  2. ^ Sveriges Television - Millenniumtriologin
  3. ^ "Millennium Trilogy (4-disc Blu-ray)" (in Swedish). discshop. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  4. ^ http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005JTLTF2/
  5. ^ Strömbäck Horney, Karolina (3 September 2010). "Solsidan blev kvällens vinnare". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). 
  6. ^ "The ZDF/ZDF Enterprises co-production "Millennium" wins an International Emmy Award". ZDF Enterprises. November 22, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ Judge Paul Pritchard (December 2, 2011). "Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition DVD review". DVD Verdict. Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  8. ^ Thomas Spurlin (June 1, 2012). "Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition (Blu-ray) review". DVD Verdict. Retrieved December 23, 2015. 

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