Swede Arne Sucksdorff was the natural inheritor of the lyrical Flaherty tradition in nonfiction, a maker of often nature-oriented documentaries which, unlike sentimental contemporary Disney products in the same line, didn’t turn away from the savage side of life in the wild. Though widely popular in his time as a filmmaker of the natural world, some of his best-loved films, like Symphony of a City and My Name is Copacabana, were urban in setting, and the true unifying feature of his work might be his sensitivity to the inner lives of children. His influence touched the Brazilian “Cinema Novo” and countryman Ingmar Bergman, who worshipped his ravishing black-and-white cinematography, and anyone lucky enough to have been exposed to his remarkable body of work—a number Metrograph looks to rightfully increase with this short retrospective.
Digitally restored by The Swedish Film Institute.
With thanks to John Ewing, Cleveland Cinematheque