Pippi Longstocking (Swedish)

    Pippi Longstocking (Swedish)

    Author:Astrid Lindgren
    Director:Per Gunvall

    In the very first film about Pippi the grown-up actor Viveca Serlachius portrayed her. She had already appeared in the role at the Oscar theatre in Stockholm, where the stage version of Pippi Longstocking, written by Astrid Lindgren, had been performed. However, Astrid Lindgren was not involved in the script for the film. Per Gunvall wrote the screenplay, and he chose to add a love story to the plot in order to make the film more appealing to a grown-up audience. The jazz musician Svend Asmussen also popped up in a newly added role as a musical postman. The film was a huge disappointment to Astrid Lindgren and not a great success with movie audiences either. After this experience Astrid decided that she would write her own screenplays.

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    Astrid Lindgren in Norway

    The first to bring Astrid Lindgren's books abroad was the publisher Damm & Søn in Oslo, with their Norwegian edition of "Pippi Longstocking" already appearing in 1946. This marked the beginning of a long-standing relationship. Today, most of her books in Norway are published by Cappelen Damm, a publishing house formed through the merger of Cappelen and Damm. Astrid's book adaptations into films also became popular in Norway, as did her famous songs. One of Astrid Lindgren's favorite books was "Hunger" by the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun; she often mentioned it as one of her greatest reading experiences.