Who Is Edith Carlmar?

 

Occupation(s): Filmmaker, Actress.
Sign: Scorpio. Born November 15,1911 in Oslo, Norway.
Favorite color: Unknown (but she was known later in life for her short, silver hair).
Filmography:
Ung Flukt, 1960 (director)
Lån meg din kone, 1958 (director)
Fjols til fjells, 1957 (director)
Slalåm under himmelen, 1957 (director)
På solsiden, 1956 (director)
Bedre enn sitt rykte, 1955 (director)
Aldri annet enn bråk, 1954 (director)
Ung frue forsvunnet, 1953 (director)
Skadeskutt, 1951 (director)
Døden er et kjærtegn, 1950 (director)

Background: Edith Carlmar was not only Norway’s first female director, but she made what is considered to be country’s first film noir (Death Is a Caress) and introduced the great actress Liv Ullman to audiences around the world with The Wayward Girl (1960). All of her films were box-office hits, which means she is one of the most successful directors in Norwegian history.

Carlmar directed ten films in ten years, making the 1950s the most productive decade of her cinema career. She was also an actress; she worked in the theater as a young woman and also took small roles in films and plays later in her life.

But for all her contributions to Norwegian film, there isn’t much information readily available about Carlmar. So that’s why we’re excited to hear from Ingrid Dokka, a film scholar who has written extensively about Carlmar and will surely shed some light on the life of this fascinating pioneer. Dokka will participate in a discussion following the Friday, April 29 screening of Death Is a Caress, which is part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s series The Far Side of Paradise: New Films from Norway. Get your tickets now!

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