Images from the Edge: Classic and Contemporary Icelandic Cinema

The Girl Gogo

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The Girl Gogo
79 af stöôinni | Erik Balling, 1962
Denmark/Iceland | Format: DCP | 90 minutes

Perhaps not technically an Icelandic film—its production was Danish, as was its director—The Girl Gogo was based on an Icelandic novel (by Indriði G. Þorsteinsson), shot completely in Iceland, and featured Icelandic actors. Both enormously popular and controversial—it was seen by over 35 percent of the population—the film is a revealing document of social transition. Abandoning the family farm, Ragnar (Gunar Eyjólfsson) moves to Reykjavik and becomes a taxi driver. His nightly rounds expose him to a different kind of Iceland; he’s drawn to a beautiful young woman, Gogo (Kristbjörg Kjeld), who seems to harbor a dark secret.  The hidden subject of The Girl Gogo is the presence of U.S. military bases in Iceland, a Cold War imposition that wound up profoundly affecting the previously rather isolated Icelandic society.

Series: Images from the Edge: Classic and Contemporary Icelandic Cinema

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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